Do you save the crazy emails you receive? Umm … I have an entire arsenal of them. About six years ago, I started a file in my inbox labeled “INSANE” and I have been growing my collection ever since. Nothing cheers me up like reading an insane email thread. Truly. That’s why this new blog, Emails From Crazy People, is helping me laugh my way through the dog days of summer. The site features the kind of insanity that only email can capture—like those crazy emails from the GF while her BF was in Europe. After the jump, two of my favorite crazytown emails from the site plus two rare gems from my own personal collection. You’re welcome. Keep reading »
Ever feel like it’s just time to change your ‘do? Lately, I’ve been so sick of the mildly-different-variations-on-the-same-haircut that I’ve been rocking for the last five years. I’m not ever going to rock a Holmes-bob and it looks like the Kate Gosselin wig is sold out. Dammit!
As I was cruising for some “out of the box” hair ideas, I came across this amazing site, Don’t Judge My Hair—a blog that pays tribute to epic hair styles, like this woman whose hair must be an homage to jellyfish. I secretly think a guy I dated must have inspired this site. He shaved a strip down the center of his head and dyed the rest pink and, as a result, looked like a friggin circus clown. Anhoo … while I may not find the ideal new ‘do for me, I am certain to get closer to my new look by finding ones that don’t make the cut. After the jump, some REALLY, REALLY inspirational hair. Keep reading »
In our weight-and-beauty-obsessed culture, there’s something almost fetishized and taboo about an image of a skinny girl eating a big, honking burger. That’s why I’m oddly obsessed with a new site aptly titled, Skinny Girls, Big Sandwiches. It’s a blog “dedicated to skinny girls chowing down and stuffing their gullets full of sandwiches … or tacos, wraps, burritos, hoagies, subs, hamburgers, sloppy joes, paninis, tortas … or just about any combination of meat and bread products.” After the jump, some of my favorite featured photographs. Keep reading »
While Ciara is sporting her cute short ‘do all over town, her hairstylist is simmering. Shirlena Allen, who says she’s been styling Ciara’s hair for over a year, says pictures of Ciara’s edgy “new” haircut posted on Twitter were totally misleading. According to Allen, the photos were taken over a year ago by Atlanta-based photographer, Derek Blanks. To prove her point, she draws attention to the fact that the photos posted by Ciara and the haircut the pop star is wearing now are “two different styles.” Instead of being happy about the exposure though, Allen is angry because the pop star allegedly has yet to pay her for it! Now, she’s trying to get paid the new-fashioned way: by yapping to blogs about it! She told a gossip site, “I asked for the wig back a year ago, and she says she can’t find it … She has no identity. Still trying to find a look.” We know Ciara’s hairstyle kind of resembles Rihanna’s, but isn’t that a bit harsh? [Bossip] Keep reading »
It was the first week of January when the CEO of my company called everyone into the conference room to have a heart-to-heart about how the recession would affect our jobs. (1) No raises. (2) No Christmas bonuses. (3) Work day extended by an hour. I suspected that layoffs were impending. I prepared for the worst. I put in more hours at the office; I began racking my brain for ways to make extra cash, started saving every penny, and started expressing my fears, concerns, aggravations, and joys through writing. I started blogging and pitching stories. So when I was “involuntarily laid off” in May, I wasn’t distraught at all—I thought of it as a blessing in disguise, a chance to try the dream of being a writer. I looked at it as funemployment—a chance for me to step back from my life and exhale for a moment. And it was only a matter of weeks before my hobby became my career, at least a part-time one. But still, when you’re not in an office all the time, you do end up with serious free time. Here are the blogs I’m loving, made specifically by and for unemployed people. Keep reading »
Two librarians from Michigan, Mary and Holly, have given us yet another website to make Tuesday mornings at the office completely unproductive. Their blog, Awful Library Books, documents the ridiculous books that you find year after year in the $1 bin at your local library’s annual book sale. I laughed hysterically when I saw a hardcover with the title More Great Pantyhose Crafts. The most ridiculous part, aside from the fact that you can make a full-sized hammock from stockings, is that the word “more” is in the title, which implies that there was a volume preceding this one. Keep reading »
These days, I get more ideas about what to wear from watching people on the street or looking at blogs that document the clothes of everyday people than from looking at high-concept photo shoots in fashion magazines. The Washington Post has caught on to this trend and gone all Sartorialist on us by shooting videos around D.C. of attractive, well-dressed people talking about what they’re wearing for its “Scene In” series. Personal style is so hard to define and categorize, so the descriptions people come up with are pretty wild, i.e., “What inspires my style — India, Pakistan, the ocean, my mother, my great-grandmother, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mexico…” Watch the video, and you tell us: Do you prefer your style inspiration served up by celebrities and models in magazines, or real people on the street? [Washington Post] Keep reading »
Hilarious nostalgic blog alert! “What Claudia Wore” discusses in great detail the fashion choices of Claudia Kishi, as depicted on the covers of one of my favorite young adult book series of all time, The Babysitters Club. Kim, the blogger behind “What Claudia Wore,” is totally obsessed with Claudia’s style, as I think all of us book nerds were during the ’80s. Claudia, who was Japanese, artsy, and addicted to candy, had some of the most fashion forward outfits of all time, which Kim discusses both via the descriptions in the books as well as the book cover illustrations. She also critiques the other babysitters’ outfits, from Kristy’s affinity for sweaters over turtlenecks, Dawn’s love of the “Texas Tuxedo” (that’s denim-on-denim, y’all), NYC gal Stacy’s pre-”Gossip Girl” attempts at prep, and all of the various looks that would totally be sold at Urban Outfitters in 2009. Some of the more hilarious commentary, after the jump… Keep reading »
It’s one thing to write a passive aggressive note. It’s doubly passive for the recipient to then post the note online. And yet it makes for wonderful entertainment, thanks to PassiveAggressiveNotes.com, a blog showcasing the best in annoying, written interactions. Some of the goodies include a letter written on Hello Kitty paper that reads, “Hi neighbors! You smoked us out with your barbeque right under the bedroom window.” That’s fairly pleasant compared to some of the meaner posts, like a note written to office workers: “Attention to whoever is fond of taking my things!!!! Well I don’t remember signing any bond/contract with anyone to have access to my things!!!” Sheesh! [PassiveAggressiveNotes.com] Keep reading »
Steve Urkel would have you thinking that he was pretty much born with suspenders and thick-rimmed glasses. Yet, the truth is, nerd style, like the disheveled hipster look, is carefully cultivated. Now, there’s NerdBoyfriend.com, a website that features pictures of dorky (yet famous) dudes, along with style suggestions on how to get those looks.
We know your guy’s been lusting after Steve Martin’s camel hair blazer and Bob Dylan’s glasses. He need look no further. You’ll find looks for well-knowns like George Harrison, Christopher Walken, and the band Kraftwerk. Mostly, we’re loving the site for the photos. Keep talking nerdy to us. [NerdBoyfriend.com] Keep reading »