The U.K.’s Daily Mail just published photos of her two-bedroom boho, Moroccan, open-floor designed flat in Paddington, London. Apparently, even Sienna is being hit by the mortgage crisis, as she just slashed the price by £200,000. (No small hit, I don’t care which currency you figure it in. Not that I feel at all bad for her. She can’t sell one of her many million plus pound homes? Poor thing.) The bizarro highlight of the place is her mirrored, red-walled, Moroccan themed basement. Personally, it’s a little too S&M, naughty-closet feeling for me, especially with no water in the “sunken pool”——but who am I to judge, I live in 400 square feet of non-pool, barely a shower existence! [Daily Mail U.K.] Keep reading »
Smith College is unlike any other American university. An all-women’s school, it’s an historically posh place for educating the elite (like alums Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, and Julia Child), yet at the same time, it’s a breeding ground for liberal lesbians so intense they’ll risk everything for a cause. You can’t really know what to expect there, which is what four dorm mates find when they start first year. The group, which includes a slightly-smelly radical, a lapsed Catholic, an engaged southern belle, and a prepster, become unlikely friends who navigate this special world where feminism is omnipresent, but comes in different forms from rules for girl-on-girl shower times to protesting sex trafficking. The first half of the book takes place at Smith, where much of the entertainment comes from learning about everyday oddities like acronyms for girls who go gay (SLUGs: Smith Lesbian Until Graduation). The second half turns more serious when the four women graduate and find themselves struggling to maintain their friendships and define themselves as feminist women in the real world.
Commencement may be billed as a great summer read, but it has far more depth than your average women’s lit. While fiction, Sullivan’s bright and witty prose weaves itself around real places—the ivy-covered paths of the liberal arts world and the imposing concrete streets of Manhattan—that feel familiar and relevant to real women. [$24.95, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
Those of you who don’t live in downtown New York may not be familiar with the new Calvin Klein Jeans billboard gracing a corner in Soho. Let me explain: the thing is enormous, taking up the entire side of a building, and its four scantily-clad participants look just about ready to have a tired, drunken threesome. (Well, three of them might, anyway. The fourth dude is just so over it and needs a nap on the ground.) In short, it is incredibly hot in a sweaty, semi-trashy way. And sometimes, that’s all you need. Keep reading »
Designer collaborations these days are a dime a dozen, but here’s one you might actually purchase: luxe shoe label Jimmy Choo will be coming out with a collection for H&M in November. In the lineup are women’s shoes, bags, and also clothing (interesting! Hopefully it won’t be a literal interpretation that includes bedazzled leopard jackets or something). Choo will also create a line of men’s shoes, accessories, and bags (murses!). We’ll be interested to see how this project turns out; H&M’s past collaborations have relied more on celebrity (Madonna, Karl Lagerfeld, Kylie Minogue), and less on luxury, and the results haven’t always lived up. If Jimmy Choo manages to produce a lust-worthy line, it might mean that you’ll be able to actually afford a pair of pumps that are hot, but don’t look like knockoffs. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Summer is fabulous, but while we love splashing around under the hot sun, the makeup on our faces does not. If you’re going to wear makeup to the beach, you better be sure it’s going to stay on. There’s nothing more unattractive, or uncomfortable, than dripping mascara, caked concealer, and sticky lip gloss smearing all over your face.To help you out, here’s a list of our top water-friendly makeup picks, all of which will keep you looking fresh and fabulous, even while riding the waves. Hang ten to that! Keep reading »
This ain’t your average throw pillow, ladies. Despite what the “Girlfriend’s Lap” pillow looks like, the makers swear there is nothing dirty about this lap pillow. If you are questioning what exactly you are looking at, no worries, you’re not alone. As the name suggests, you are indeed looking at a pillow in the shape of a woman’s legs made from urethane foam. I am not a foam expert, but apparently this kind of foam has a skin-like texture, so minus the lack of a torso you might never notice that you are taking a cat nap on a fake lap. Of course, the mini skirt does add that extra special dose of reality, so maybe not. What, you thought we added the mini? Oh no no, the “Girlfriend’s Lap” pillow comes with the polyester skirt, but you can strip it off, if you’d like. Perv.
Shapewear will never be the most attractive undergarments—cue Bridget Jones swatting away Daniel Cleaver from gawping at her control-top panties—but at least Spanx are making an effort to look less frumpy. Detailed with lacy designs and metallic lining, Spanx’s Haute Contour undergarments are actually pretty, which is practically unheard of for thigh-shapers and tummy-squeezers. The camisoles and thongs still look rather old-fashioned—but we wouldn’t fight Hugh Grant too hard from seeing them. [Spanx Haute Contour] Keep reading »
The guy to the left might look like an Average Joe wearing a plain bubble jacket and jeans. But when he turns around, boy, are you in for a surprise! He’s apparently taking part in a new fad that is spreading across Asia — the Half Outfit, aka the Assless Outfit. I’m not convinced that this is trendy anywhere in the world because it’s just too impractical. And if people are making this fashionable, then it’s just to get a reaction, and the joke will get tired fast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh now. After the jump, peep the bum photo. [AfroJacks.com via Buzzfeed] Keep reading »
If you’ve ever had to replace a waterlogged cell phone (or two) due to an unplanned dip in the toilet, this handy little invention has your name written all over it! The MobiGrip device leash, a stick-on mini-bungee that loops comfortably around your digits, is the cure to all butter finger-inflicted disasters that leave your poor dropped phone either cracked on the sidewalk or slowly fizzling out in a puddle of water…Read more Keep reading »
Nary a day goes by lately without another store closing, one more report of plummeting sales figures and a bright glint of hope that Crocs may finally go under due to massive losses. Some economists and fashion analysts are even saying that these tough times have resulted in Depression-era style having a resurgence (not always a bad thing), like muted color palettes and longer skirts. But while the tanking economy is forcing some of us into Ramen dinners, ankle length sack skirts and boring colors, others are telling all economic indicators to screw themselves and sticking with bright, hot little dresses. And they’re doing better than most. Keep reading »