Tuesday night I went to a special screening of Whit Stillman’s “Metropolitan,” with a Q&A with the director and actor Chris Eigeman after. I forgot how much I loved this movie, which is an ode to all things prep and Upper East Side in the late ’80s. The characters are all having existential crises about what it means to be wealthy and privileged but bored, and they all deal with a “poor” Chelsea interloper by the name of Tom Townsend, a ginger-haired pseudo-socialist who challenges their position. Nothing much happens in the movie, but it does set the scene and set off the fascination with the privileged life of New York socialites, and probably in some ways helped set the scene and success for stuff like “Gossip Girls.” Anyway, the heroine of the film, if there’s any, is Audrey, a wisp of a richie girl whose innocence and beauty captures the imagination of Tom. She is the ultimate preppy chick, which is why we’ve decided to copy her style after the jump.
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The holidays are pretty important to most of us, although some of the reasons why are a little superficial. For example, it’s the perfect time to show off a new look, your hard work at the gym, and the outfit that took you hours to find. But are you aware of just how many hours are spent prepping for the season? Apparently, 312 of them, or so says a new study commissioned by Clothes Show Live. Shocking but true. In those 13 days, 72 hours are spent shopping for clothes while 48 hours are directed at accessories alone, 96 hours go to the gym, 63 hours add up the time you’ll chat with friends for advice,12 hours on hair styling, and 23 hours encompass the time spent getting pretty. Add to that 10 hours of magazine research and six hours of makeup inspiration searching. It sound exhausting just detailing all of the minute requirements to look “beautiful.” [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Here’s a story: Johnnie was so tired of using condoms because they were a buzz kill and felt unnatural to him. He was planning a weekend of debauchery and had heard of an alternative to wearing condoms called PrEP that would hopefully protect him from contracting HIV. He knew he could purchase the drug from a dealer at his favorite gay club. Once he decided on his plan, Johnnie only focused on the pleasure the weekend would surely bring. But he was taking a big risk by choosing PrEP over using condoms. Find out more after the jump… Keep reading »
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep is one of my favorite books that is kinda, sorta in the “chick lit” genre. But that’s only one of the reasons why I am so on-the-edge-of-my-damn seat over her upcoming novel American Wife (due out in September) — the book is being so closely guarded by Random House that only a few manuscripts have been released to members of the media. Why all the secrecy? American Wife is said to be a thinly-veiled piece of “speculative fiction” about First Lady Laura Bush and is filled with lesbianism, a car accident (nothing fiction about that!), abortions, and lots and lots of humping. Radar got a hold of one of the manuscripts — describing it as “the story of Alice Blackwell, a quiet librarian whose husband Charlie becomes the bumbling president of the United States” — and ran some of the racier bits on its website…a few of the sexier quotes, after the jump… Keep reading »