What Strange Stuff Did You Do As A Kid?

Yesterday, Amelia and I were discussing a random post idea, and Frederick’s of Hollywood came up. At that moment I remembered how much I enjoyed reading that catalog when I was younger. Yes, I read every product description in Frederick’s of Hollywood from cover to cover when I was only about 9 or 10. I even had my favorite model, one of the few, if the only black woman to grace the pages. I have no idea why my mom was on the mailing list. I don’t think she ever bought anything. It wasn’t a secret that I had a thing for Frederick’s of Hollywood, but I’m surprised my mom never told me to stop. I became even more fascinated with the catalog after my aunt told me Frederick’s of Hollywood was where hookers shopped. For some reason, lucite platforms, elephant trunk thongs for men, and ridiculous wigs intrigued me. But, then again, I was the kid who thought looking tacky was a good thing.

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Alexander Skarsgard Explains How This Rolling Stone Cover Came To Be

“We showed up and we shot very PG-13 with our clothes on for basically the whole day, like six or seven hours. Then towards the end the photographer said, ‘I have this, these shots are beautiful and the magazine is going to be happy with them but I’d like to try something if you guys are game.’ He explained it and it was just one of those things in the moment where we all looked at each other, we’d spent all day with the photographer, we felt comfortable with him, we knew that he was great and the atmosphere was right and we were like, ‘F*** it, let’s do it.’ No one thought that the magazine would go for it.”

Alexander Skarsgard on why he decided to strip down for the infamous naked-and-covered-in-blood “True BloodRolling Stone cover [via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

“Brad Pitt” And Other Criminals With Crazy Identities

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In Florida, the Sunshine State, it’s still summertime! And while many celebs love to vacation on the beaches down there, police just didn’t believe this man who claimed to be “Brad Pitt.” When the police approached the pervy perp, he was lying naked and face up, no tan lines in sight, on Fort Walton beach. Since he didn’t have a place to keep a driver’s license on him, when they went to book him for public indecency, the man explained to them that he was Brad. Unfortunately, while totally hilarious, that was not the way to go. When he lied about his identity, he racked up a second misdemeanor. Ouch! Although, apparently, the dude, whose real name is James Walton, 43, was no stranger to the Okaloosa County lockup. Shocking. [Dayton Daily News]

Crime does not pay, folks. But it sure can be funny when criminals have crazy fake identities. Thanks to our friends at (the newly revamped) The Smoking Gun, here are our fave wackadoo wrongdoers that’ll have you wondering: “Who the eff do they think they are?!”

Ryan Gosling And Kirsten Dunst In Bed

Yeah, so it’s for a movie poster—but still, both Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst look mighty pretty in this pic. “All Good Things” opens in December and tells the based-on-a-true-story tale of real estate heir Robert Durst, whose wife disappeared in the mid ’80s. Can we purchase tickets now? Amelia is already in line. [NY Post] Keep reading »

“Friday Night Lights: The Final Season” Preview Makes Us Teary


I’d like to talk about the injustice of this world. The preview for “Friday Night Lights” season five, is out and, as expected, it is gorgeously shot and the show’s stars all look stunning—from Tammy Taylor to my new fave character, Vince. But where is Tim Riggins?!?!? Please tell me that Taylor Kitsch has not flown the coop for this season, like Minka Kelly and Adrienne Palicki before him, because “FNL” without Tim is like the earth without sun. Also, does this really have to be the final season of the show? That just isn’t right. And the final thing that makes me scream “it’s not fair!”: DirecTV subscribers will get to watch the season starting on October 27 while the rest of us will have to wait until the spring. Sigh. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Doula

Usually, when I tell people that I’m a doula I get two questions. The first: How do you spell that? And the second: Isn’t that like a midwife?

The concept of doula, at least in the way I use it, is relatively new. The word itself comes from ancient Greek, meaning “helper” or “woman slave,” but it’s been adopted in the last 40 or so years to refer to someone who provides support to women during pregnancy and childbirth. The support a doula provides ranges from emotional cheerleading to massages and acupressure to aromatherapy and meditation. It runs a wide gamut of all things non-pharmacological, a unique service for women giving birth mostly in hospitals. Keep reading »

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