Zap!: How your computer can hurt you – and what you can do about it

Zap!: How your computer can hurt you – and what you can do about it


From eyestrain to carpal tunnel syndrome, computer-related injuries are on the rise. This easy-access, well-illustrated guide explains a variety of potential hazards and what you can do to reduce your risk. Includes chapters on backache, headache, tendinitis, radiation, pregnancy, kids’ concerns, and much more. For more Zap!-related information, check out Don’s own Web site.There are more than 50 million desktop computers in the U.S., but few users know how their computers could be hurting them. In fact, more than ten million people a year are treated for computer-related health ailments. Zap! , an unusually accessible and heavily illustrated book, covers the entire spectrum of computer-related health hazards and preventative measures – from eyestrain to monitor radiation to carpal tunnel syndrome. Consider the scope of the problem: * Cumulative trauma disorders. More than four million of America’s computer users suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (in the wrists) and other painful cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). These injuries can cause pain and discomfort, and at their worst, permanent disability. (source: CTDNews ) * The fastest-growing complaint. 61% of occupational illness was attributed to CTDs in 1991, up dramatically from only 18 percent in 1981 (includes all occupational-related CTDs, not just computer-derived; source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). * Most-common surgery. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common operation performed under workers c
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It’s All About the Accessories for the World’s Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972

It’s All About the Accessories for the World’s Most Fashionable Dolls, 1959-1972


When todays Barbie doll(R) collector puts together an outfit for the worlds most fashionable doll, they soon find out that the bulk of the value lies in the shoes, hats, gloves, jewelry, and other important accessories. This reference guide is decked out with more than 1,700 images of accessories for Barbie, Skipper(R), Francie(R), Ken(R), and other fashionable dolls that were available from 1959 to 1972. Complete with values and a cross-referenced description of the outfits each accessory came with, this identification guide is an authority for collectors and a fun addition to any fashionistas library.

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A Talk with Barbara Hershey About Her Long-standing Career

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Barbara Hershey is a multi-award winning actress who has been gracing us with her presence on the big screen for quite some time. She is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a “Killing in a Small Town” and was nominated for an Academy Award for a “Portrait of a Lady” as well as a BAFTA award for “Black Swan”. In the 1980’s Barbara was at the height of her career. She has played many roles, from “The Stunt Man”, “The Right Stuff” to “Hannah and Her Sisters” with Woody Allen, and “Hoosiers” with Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, Barbara is the epitome of what it takes to have a lifetime career pursuing your dreams and doing what you love. From her award winning role in “Anne of Green Gables” for PBS for which she received a Gemini Award to co-starring opposite of Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson in “Insidious” Barbara’s gift of acting is beyond amazing.

I had an opportunity to speak with Barbara about her long-standing career and to find out what’s next for her.

ABCs “Once Upon a Time” is an amazing show, so let’s talk about your return to the show this season.

I was in two episodes this season. I was truly excited about it because I was asked to do more than I’d ever been asked to do before on the show. It was really an exciting show to get to do, and a very emotional show. They’re wonderful people and I enjoyed doing it and touching base again.

You play the standout character Ann Rutledge on the A&E series “Damien”, what has your experience been like?

Well one of the things that attracted me to it was the question, ‘what would you do if you found out you were the Antichrist?’ because we are starting with the iconic version of the film, the first one with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick and not dealing with any other sequels or anything since, and the little child at the end of that first film that looks at the camera and smiles, is Damien. This is him all grown up and during that period, the human part of him blanked out who he was. He couldn’t deal with it. He then found himself always drawn to pain so he became a war photographer. He’s now thirty years old. My character Ann Rutledge, has been in the shadows his whole life guiding him and protecting him, unbeknownst to him. He’s not aware of her at all, and at this moment she steps out of the shadows and lets him know who he is. But we approach this like the original film in that we approach it realistically. It’s much more like a psychological thriller with edges of horror rather than out of horror. We deal with a lot of interesting issues about good and evil and what is preordained and what isn’t. I find it very interesting and very surprising. The words Antichrist and Damien bring certain images to mind, but the show doesn’t really go in the obvious direction.

You’ve had a long a successful career, what has been your best and favorite role?

This is a very hard question to answer. I have five or six favorite roles and then as soon as I say that, I feel disappointed that I didn’t say something else. It’s hard. It’s like picking your children and saying which one you like best. They’re all a part of me and it’s a difficult thing to pick.

Let’s talk about “Black Swan” and how amazing the film was and your role in that.

I really loved the film. I don’t think I ever worked on a film where I had less of an idea of how the actual film was going to turn out. I don’t mean in terms of good or bad but in terms of my performance specifically, but the film itself. Darren’s way of directing is getting a lot of different varieties on a scene so you do lots of takes that are different from each other, and then he puts it together. The first time I saw the film, I didn’t know what the effect of my character was going to be. Especially that film because you’re looking at the movie through the eyes of someone who is going insane. It’s a subjected film. The character’s version of that is very warped and accelerates. You’re not just presenting a character, you’re presenting what’s going on and her perception of what’s going on kind of at the same time. It was a fantastic film to do and Darren is a really huge talent and wonderful to work with. It was intense. I came in the last three weeks of filming after they had done all of the ballet and everyone was pretty exhausted.

How did winning an Emmy and Golden Globe Award, change the direction of your career?

I don’t know if it did. I won the Cannes Film Festival twice too. It doesn’t seem to affect anything with me. I haven’t noticed any difference. But on a personal level, it has meaning. Film actors actually act in a vacuum, since they don’t have an audience. When you do get an award, it’s kind of an undeniable circumstance where you have to admit what you did which is gratifying. But I always think acting awards are writing awards anyway.

What’s next for you and do you have any aspirations to work behind the camera?

I don’t know what’s next which is often where I’ve been in my life and that doesn’t bother me but I have to stay in a state of openness. Hopefully “Damien” will get renewed and that will be next, but you never know about things. And behind the camera, I don’t know and I don’t think that’s a good enough answer to step behind the camera. I think you have to know. Sometimes I think it would be good but I don’t know. It’s not a big aspiration. I’ve always been just an actor. That’s my love.

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21 Perfect #ManlyBookClubNames For Bros Who Only Wanna Read About Bros

Men who feel forced to slog through the occasional novel written by or — god forbid! — about a woman, never fear: The Man Book Club is here. 

A Tuesday New York Times profile of said Man Book Club — a 9-year running club made up of men in their 50s, “a number of whom are lawyers and engineers” — and other all-male reading groups made it clear that the men who participate in these groups feel an added need to assert the masculine nature of the groups. (One of the other book clubs highlighted is named the International Ultra Manly Book Club. Because… of course it is.)

“We do not read so-called chick lit,” the Man Book Club founder Andrew McCullough told the NYTimes. “The main character cannot be a woman.” The point is driven home on the group’s website, which reads: “No books by women about women (our cardinal rule).”

The International Ultra Manly Book Club’s website even outlines a vision that “one day we could step out of the shadow of our mothers’ book clubs and proclaim that yes, we too, are intellectuals.”

(Faux) shocked by this apparently new phenomenon of men reading, Fast Company asked people to chime in with their own #ManlyBookClubNames.


Unsurprisingly, the suggestions are pretty brilliant. Below are 21 book club names for any men craving the safe space of other men to talk about books written by men about men for yet other men:

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Jourdan Dunn on Her Two Met Gala 2016 Balmain Looks: ‘I Felt Really Good About Myself’

If you thought Jourdan Dunn killed it with her two Met Gala looks—both by Balmain—you’re not the only one. The British model herself agrees with you. “Last night I felt really good about myself,” she told PeopleStyle when we caught up with her on the set of a campaign shoot today. She paired the look with Stuart Weitzman heels and Eva Fehren jewelry.

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Dunn fell right in line with the night’s overall trend: Bold silver gowns with a robot-like inspiration, a perfect fit for the Met Gala’s theme of ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.’ Kim Kardashian, Kylie Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Cindy Crawford, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes joined Dunn in wearing Balmain and, together, they walked the carpet as the #BalmainArmy, a hashtag the fashion house created in the past (and has stuck as a way to describe fans of the brand).

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For Dunn’s look, she worked directly with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. “Olivier sent two sketches—one was a short one and one was a long one,” she explained. “I was drawn to the long one, I thought it was amazing. When I had my fitting for it, it all came together.” As soon as her glam squad got a whiff of the direction, they suggested she pair the look with gray, silvery hair. “I thought it was a cool idea,” she said.

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But despite the fact that she looked calm and collected in all of the photos, she admitted it’s actually a very nerve-wracking experience. “There are people everywhere, like waiting for you to walk out of your hotel and then all the paparazzi,” she said. “ It’s huge. So I was in the car, and I was nervous. But once I got on the red carpet, I just had to own it and feel myself.”

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It’s a long way that she’s come from her first gala appearance in 2009 (below, with Karlie Kloss). “I remember when I first attended seven years ago, I felt so out of place and like I shouldn’t really be there,” she said. “Now I feel I do deserve to be here, I’ve worked hard. I like being in that mind frame.”

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After the gala concluded, Dunn slipped into a black sequined mini Balmain to head downtown to the Gilded Lily after-party. “The second look is all about being able to move and dance and just feel good,” she said. “With a Balmain dress, sometimes that’s a bit impossible because they’re so structured. But in my fitting, Olivier wanted to make sure I was able to move. It’s all about something fun and be able to move and get down in and look good in.”

But she didn’t change in the car. “Some people do that but I went back to my hotel, chilled, refreshed my makeup and changed really quick and headed out,” she said. (And no, the Army did not travel together.)

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So, how can regular people get into the #BalmainArmy? There’s no boot camp, unfortunately, she said. “I don’t know how I became a member,” she added, “but I’m happy to be in the army.”

Which Jourdan Dunn look did you like better: Met Gala or after-party? Tell us in the comments below!

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The HTC 10 Is a Nice Phone—That’s All We Have to Say About It

The HTC 10 Is a Nice Phone—That’s All We Have to Say About It

Once upon a time, HTC was on top of the smartphone world. Or at least solidly in the upper middle class. The post The HTC 10 Is a Nice Phone—That’s All We Have to Say About It appeared first on WIRED.
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5 Things You Might Not Know About Semen

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Pro Wrestling Faq: All That's Left To Know About The World's Most Entertaining Spectacle

Pro Wrestling Faq: All That's Left To Know About The World's Most Entertaining Spectacle


(FAQ Pop Culture). Sport? Entertainment? Art form? Perhaps a bit of all three, with a certain intangible extra something thrown in for good measure, making professional wrestling a truly unique entity unto itself. From its origins in carnivals and sideshow attractions of the 19th century, right up to the multimillion-dollar, multimedia industry of the present day, and all the bizarre, wild, and woolly points in between, Pro Wrestling FAQ delves into the entire history and broad scope of one of popular culture''s most enduring yet ever-changing spectacles. With chapters devoted to the many fascinating eras in the history of the business, as well as capsule biographies of some its most memorable and important figures, this book will serve as the ultimate one-volume reference guide for both long-time wrestling nuts and initiates to the grappling phenomenon. Revisit the legendary 1911 "Match of the Century" pitting World Champion Frank Gotch against archrival George Hackenschmidt, "the Russian Lion"; experience wrestling''s TV golden age in the 1950s, a time of such colorful personages as Gorgeous George and Antonino Rocca; relive the glory days of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, when WWF impresario Vince McMahon took the business mainstream; and get the lowdown on recent favorites, such as John Cena, CM Punk, and others who have taken the business boldly into the 21st century.
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What Is It About?: A Sketch Of The New Movement In The Theatre

What Is It About?: A Sketch Of The New Movement In The Theatre


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What Is It All About?: A Sketch of the New Movement in the Theatre

What Is It All About?: A Sketch of the New Movement in the Theatre


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Clueless Mom Finds Son’s Sex Toy in Shower, Asks Twitter About It

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Chrissy Teigen Is All About the Maternity Crop Top

We weren’t surprised to see Chrissy Teigen’s maternity style veer toward the sexier side of things. Here’s an expectant mama who loves her curve-hugging dresses and skirts, plus leggings and crop tops that show off some skin. The model impressed the world when she confidently stepped out in a cropped gray sweatshirt and sneakers right after she’d announced she was pregnant, and a recent snap proves it’s an outfit she’s not planning on abandoning any time soon. The mother-to-be was out in Los Angeles earlier this week in a black sports bra and leggings, covered up with a plaid button-down worn open.

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Before the saucy bra top moment, Teigen had been spotted in a striped red mini dress worn with a camel-hued coat and sandals. She picked the look for a double date with equally sexy mom Kim Kardashian West (and their respective husbands). While Kardashian West’s pregnancy style is the sexiest we’ve seen lately, there’s another star who might have the all-time steamiest maternity wardrobe: Blake Lively, who looked flawless the entire time she had a baby on board.

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75 Facts about Dr. John for his 75th Birthday

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1) Young Malcolm John Rebennack modeled for the Ivory Soap Box.
2) His Aunt Andre taught him to play on the piano on his childhood home.
3) By 13, his New Orleans gigs included strip clubs, grocery stores and brothels.
4) His dad’s appliance and record store sparked his early interest in music.
5) At the age of 16 he worked in A&R for Ace Records.
6) One of his first assignments was to spy on other executives.
7) Had a finger shot off protecting a bandmate whose mother told him she would “chop his cojones off if anything happened to her son.”
8) So he switched from playing guitar to playing piano.
9) Released his first single “Storm Warning” under his own name in 1959.
10) Moved to California in 1963 after serving time in federal prison for drug possession. Has been clean & sober for over 25 years.
11) While in California recorded with legendary studio musicians The Wrecking Crew.
12) With unused studio time from Sonny & Cher released Dr. John album “Gris-Gris”.
13) “Gris-Gris” is #143 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
14) Bandmate Ronnie Barron was originally going to be the character of Dr. John, but his manager talked him out of it.
15) He didn’t want to be a front man but a bandmate told him: “If Bob Dylan can be a front man YOU can.”
16) During the summer of 1969, played on “Music from Free Creek” with Eric Clapton who appeared as “King Cool” for contractual reasons.
17) Released his album “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 with musicians including Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger.
18) His 1972 New Orleans-themed album “Gumbo” was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
19) The lead single from “Gumbo,” “Iko Iko”, made Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
20) Produced Professor Longhair’s “Crawfish Fiesta” which won W.C. Handy Blues Album Award.
21) His 1973 hit “Right Place Wrong Time” was produced by Allen Toussaint.
22) “Right Place, Wrong Time” was in “Fargo” & “American Horror Story: Coven.”
23) On the album “In the Right Place” Dr. John covered Allen Toussaint’s song “Life.” He played it at Allen’s memorial concert in New Orleans yesterday.
24) Played piano on Carly Simon and James Taylor’s duet of “Mockingbird” in 1974.
25) Was the inspiration for The Muppets’ Electric Mayhem Bandleader Dr. Teeth.
26) Co-produced Van Morrison’s album “Period of Transition” in 1974.
27) Piano and vocals in The Rolling Stones’ “Let it Loose” from their album ‘Exile on Main Street.”
28) John Lennon told Dick Cavett that Dr. John was one of his favorite musicians.
29) Appeared in SCTV’s Polynesiantown skit. “Forget it Jake – It’s Polynesiantown!”
30) Performed on the March 19, 1977 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
31) Was featured on the 1978 Beatles-inspired Musical album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
32) In 1989, won a Grammy with Rickie Lee Jones for “Makin’ Whoopee.”
33) Performed the theme song “Like Curious George!” for the PBS TV series.
34) Wrote the theme for the ’90s TV show “Blossom,” “My Opinionation.”
35) Appeared in “Touched by an Angel” as did Al Jarreau, B.B. King and Al Hirt.
36) Won Best Traditional Blues Album Grammy for “Goin’ Back to New Orleans”.
37) Autobiography: “Under a Hoodoo Moon: The Life of The Night Tripper.”
38) Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy for “SRV Shuffle” with Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Art Neville, Bonnie Raitt & Jimmy Vaughan
39) With B.B. King, won 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for “Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby.”
40) Extensive discography includes tracks with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Harry Nisson, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Neil Diamond, Frank Zappa & many more.
41) Featured in Martin Scorcese documentary about The Band “The Last Waltz” with “Such a Night”
42) Moved to New York City in the late 1970s.
43) Met Louis Armstrong in their mutual manager Joe Glazer’s New York office.
44) Produced legendary songwriter Bobby Charles’ final album, “Timeless.”
45) The music festival Bonnaroo took its name from his album “Desitively Bonnaroo”
46) Wrote the score for the movie adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row.”
47) Performed the song “Cruella de Vil” for the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians”
48) In 1997, he appeared on the charity single version of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”.
49) Performed “Walkin’ to New Orleans” in Shelter from the Storm, a 2005 benefit.
50) Joined Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and a 150-member choir to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XL.
51) in 2009, he moved from New York back to his home state of Louisiana.
52) Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fall of Fame in 2011 by John Legend.
53) In 2012, was in Soul Fire Ceremony for Healing of the Waters on BP Oil Spill anniversary.
54) Received an honorary Tulane University doctorate along with the Dalai Lama and Allen Toussaint, making him Dr. Dr. John.
55) Recorded the benefit EP “Sippiana Hericane” for post-Katrina charity efforts.
56) Performed “Yes We Can” at The Grammy Awards, 2006 with Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, The Edge, and Irma Thomas.
57) Recorded Grammy-nominated “Another Murder in New Orleans” with Bobby Rush and Blinddog Smokin’ for New Orleans Crimestoppers.
58) Performed the theme music for Fox’s post-Katrina TV drama K-Ville.
59) Won 2008 Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy for “City that Care Forgot.”
60) Recorded “Let ‘Em In” on Paul McCartney tribute album “The Art of McCartney.”.
61) Recorded opening track “Down in New Orleans” for Disney’s animated movie “The Princess and the Frog.”
62) Won Blues Album of the Year Grammy for 2012’s “Locked Down,” produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.
63) Was featured in the HBO’s New Orleans series “Treme” as himself.
64) Introduced the phrase “hip tang” to Bravo’s “Top Chef” in hot sauce judging.
65) In 2014, played at the NBA All Star Game & Pharell Williams and Janelle Monáe.
66) Kicked Off Musical Mojo of Mac with Bruce Springsteen on “Right Place, Wrong Time”
67) In Dave Grohl’s HBO’s series “Sonic Highways,” Dan Auerbach told Dave: “Dr. John is cooler than you will ever be.”
68) Recorded Louis Armstrong tribute album “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch” after Satch came to him in a dream and said “Do my music your way.”
69) “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch,” co-produced and arranged by Sarah Morrow, charted at #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Chart.
70) Performed at “Lean on Him: A Tribute to Bill Withers” at Carnegie Hall.
71) Played “What a Wonderful World” to induct the song into the 2015 International Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
72) Portrayed himself in the season premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” fall, 2015 playing “Right Place Wrong Time.”
73 Is recording tracks for Disney’s “The Jungle Book” directed by Jon Favreau who Instagrammed himself, Dr. John, Bill Murray & Christopher Walken in the studio.
74) Tours internationally and in the U.S. with his band The Nite Trippers featuring Music Director Sarah Morrow.
75) Will receive the Louie Award from the Louis Armstrong House Museum in December, 2015 for helping keep the spirit of Satch alive.

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Oxford’s Word of the Year Is an Emoji, and Now We’re Writing About It, and That Was the Point

Ah, Internet.

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Aziz Ansari Just Said The Sweetest Thing About His Parents

Aziz Ansari’s real parents, Shoukath and Fatima, are in Master of None, his new Netflix comedy show. Actually some might say they are stealing the show, in a good way, of course! Yesterday, Aziz, 32, took to Facebook with this sweet post about his dad. Can we have an “awwww,” please?

 

 

My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I'm really relieved this all worked…

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Go ahead, parents, send this one to your kids!

 

Check out Aziz Ansari on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon talking about Master of None.

 

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Gisele Bündchen Opens Up About Marriage Issues With Tom Brady

Just because two people appear to have no physical imperfections does not mean their marriage is picture-perfect, too. 

Such is the case for Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, who have had a bumpy year, to say the least — dealing with divorce rumors in the midst of the New England Patriots quarterback’s involvement in Deflategate.  

On Tuesday, the 35-year-old opened up to Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” about their six-year marriage, revealing they’ve “been through a few tough times together.”

The supermodel went on to quash split rumors, explaining that they’ve gotten through trying times by leaning on one another and their loved ones. 

 ”I think that’s when you know who are your friends and who loves you. My father always said, the quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships, and I think, no matter how challenging it was, we’ve always been supportive of one another,” Bündchen told Rose. “I think that’s the most important thing you can have in life, you know? A support system and love.”

Of course, the couple has been dealing with trying times since they began dating nine years ago and soon discovered that Brady’s ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was pregnant with his child. 

It’s a subject the model has rarely discussed, but she called the situation a “challenging thing.”

“Here I am, you know, thinking I’m dating this guy … everything is great, and then this happens. So I felt I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “It was one of the moments like, ‘Do I just run away?’”

Of course, Bündchen didn’t run. 

“Now, eight years later, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter bonus child,” she said,  referring to Brady and Moynahan’s 8-year-old son, while she and the NFL player have two children of their own. 

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Meanwhile, Brady previously spoke out against the rumors the couple were headed for a split in September.

“We’re in a great place, I’ll just say that,” the NFL player told  Boston radio station WEEI 93.7 FM. “I’m a lucky man. I’ve been very blessed with support from my family and certainly her, and there’s no bigger supporter that I have than her and vice versa. I’ve been very blessed to have an incredible relationship with my life partner, and I don’t think anything will ever get in the way of that.”

 

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Talking With Emily Tarver About ‘Donny’ And Her First Big-Time Role

 

“Donny” is a new comedy following real life ad-man, TV personality, and single father Donny Deutsch. Deutsch plays himself as the moronic host of a “Dr. Phil”-style daytime talk show under the direction of his executive producer/adult nanny, Pam (played by Emily Tarver). The show has a unique structure. It’s loosely scripted, and as a result, reads half reality show, half single camera comedy. I had the pleasure of talking to Emily Tarver about the real Donny, her character in the show, and what it’s like getting her first big time recurring role. 

This is so cool! We used to hang out at UCB and now we have cool jobs!

Yeah, we’re not poor improvisers working for free!

Is this your first recurring role in a TV show?

Yes, this is my first recurring role that actually turned out to be a recurring role. I’ve booked other recurring roles that didn’t turn out to be recurring. So this is nice!

Tell me about the show and your character. You’re Donny’s executive producer?

Yes, I play the EP of the show within the show. She’s also the person in Donny’s life who keeps him in line and cleans up all the messes that he makes. The show is like “Seinfeld,” where the topic of the show within the show is normally the topic or the theme of the episode.

What has been your favorite topic?

Without giving anything away, he does one where the topic of the show within the show is about men of a later age coming out of the closet after being in a heterosexual marriage. Donny tries to be supportive of that and, in being supportive, he kind of announces that he is gay. That isn’t what he’s saying but while he’s trying to be brave for these people, he sounds like he’s coming out. So I have to clean up that mess. Not that it’s a PR nightmare; it’s just that he isn’t gay.

What’s your character trying to do on the show? Is Pam trying to get out of the show or this is her big shot as a producer?

Donny sees something in her and tells her that she is to come with him wherever he goes. And, over time, she grew into this position of alpha female and his producer of things. In real life, Donny surrounds himself with very strong women who put him in his place. And so I’m the shining symbol of that. I don’t put up with his shit and he doesn’t impress me. But she enjoys the challenge and she enjoys smacking his hand when he does something so Donny.

The show has a different type of look to it. Parts of it feel like a reality show. Others feel like “The Office.”

I definitely think that was done on purpose. A lot of people don’t know Donny or what he is about. People are like: is he an actor? A host? So the show’s trying to represent a lot of different genres. And because he’s playing himself, that reality feeling you get is because you can’t pin him down. It might be confusing for some people, but I think it’s cool to watch a show and go, “What is this?” Because the only answer is: Oh! It’s something new! 

It does read very new because when you watch it, Donny doesn’t feel like an actor. He feels like the real thing and everybody else is acting around him. Was it weird acting with a guy playing himself?

Yeah! And I don’t want to toot Donny’s horn too much, but he’s just a genius and he’s so good at everything he tries. I think a big part of it is his extreme confidence. When we filmed the pilot presentation, he was giving me notes on my acting. And I was like, “Ahhh, OK.” And he was right about a lot of stuff. Being on set with him, he’ll have notes for actors and production and story and he’ll he right a lot of the time.

I also noticed that this season of TV is centered around older, distinguished antiheroes, like “The Grinder” or “Grandfathered.” “Donny” seems like a different take on it. Do you think this is a wave?

I think people are quick to categorize things because that’s how our brains work. These shows are so different and so good. And I don’t think “Donny” can be put into that category based on the lead because he’s surrounded by so many women. And Donny himself is such a feminist. He wants to tell women’s stories and have female perspectives on his life at all times. And the show reflects that. Donny doesn’t even have a male best friend.

How is doing press? Is this your first time doing big time junkets and stuff?

Yeah, we went to LA. It was just Donny and me. It was really fun.

What’s that like?

Well, you sit on stage in front of a bunch of long tables with people from different blogs on their laptops. And they have a bunch of questions. Then you go to a little room with 12 cameras. And a person has a bunch of questions. Luckily, Donny is used to it. I’m there as Emily, but also as Pam. Emily and Pam are very similar in terms of how they treat Donny. And our interaction is very organic. It’s actually been that way since my callback for the show. I had to do it with Donny while everybody on the show watched.

Are you and Donny on a texting basis?

I actually don’t have his number. And I haven’t asked for it, because I don’t want him to think that I want it. I want him to ask me for my number. And then he can be impressed that I have a 212 number.

Well, that’s a Season 2 thing.

Yeah, Season 2 for sure.

That’s odd. He seems like a guy who would need to be in constant communication with the people working close with him.

Well, I think he’s scared of me. I think he thinks I’m way cooler than him. I bet he thinks if he texted me it would bother me. I’ll never tell him that I think he’s cool. He can read it in your article.

Emily Tarver stars as Pam in USA’s “Donny“ premiering Tuesday, Nov. 10th at 10:30 p.m. ET.

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Justin Bieber Admits His New Album Is About Selena Gomez: “I’m Never Going to Stop Loving Her”

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The One Thing Bill Maher Loves About Donald Trump

On “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night, Maher led a panel discussion about the Republican presidential candidates’ greatest weaknesses, inspired by the question that opened the GOP debate Wednesday. 

While Maher has expressed clearly negative feelings about Trump in the past, he did reveal one thing he appreciates about the candidate.

“Trump [was] the only guy who was honest,” Maher said to his panelists. “He said, ‘I don’t forgive.’ I love Trump for that. He’s like, I don’t forgive. You fuck with me, I’m Vito Corleone, I will follow you back to Italy. I will find you in your old age and I will stick a knife in your stomach.'”

Back in September, Maher called out Trump’s ignorant comments about undocumented workers by channeling him in a segment jokingly telling Americans to rally against Australians “taking” our jobs. 

“Australia is not sending us its best people,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs — yes, enough for everybody, but still — they’re rapists — OK, not rapists, but they do a lot of fucking — and I assume some are good people.”

Sigh. It’s not too surprising that Maher had trouble finding something about Trump to like.

 

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The Uncanny Predictions ‘Back To The Future II’ Made About 2015

The “Future” is here!

On Wednesday, October 21, Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled from 1985 to 2015 in “Back To The Future II” in order to stop McFly’s son from being imprisoned. The world they arrive in is vastly different from the one they left. “Jaws 19” is showing in movies, cars look like they’re from “The Jetsons,” and for some reason women have really bizarre hairstyles.

Here’s how the film’s version of 2015 stacks up to the one we live in today:

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Were the Beatles Right About Love?

Were the Beatles right? Is love really all you need for a good marriage? Actually that’s a terribly destructive myth.

Love at first sight is a popular notion. Some relationships begin this way and, as luck would have it, blossom into good marriages. But usually when people immediately think that they’ve found him (or her) at last, they’re in fantasy land. They are imagining a wonderful kind of life together with someone they barely know. If they marry impulsively, they may soon find that they have too little in common for a lifelong relationship. Consequently, the chemistry fades away and not much else if left to build on.

Leading with Your Brain

Love is essential for a good lasting relationship. But the brain, as well as the heart, needs to be engaged to keep (what the Righteous Brothers called) “that loving feeling” alive and growing. Singles who want to get married are often advised to make a list of ten qualities they are looking for in a mate. Doing so helps get beyond the “follow your heart” cliché and, instead, to put thought into the process of deciding who is a good prospect for marriage.

I’m a strong believer in friendship first. If you want your future husband to be your best friend as well as your lover, spend enough time with him to learn whether the two of you are likely to be compatible in the long run. You’re more likely to successfully test yourselves as friends if you act more like a friend than as a lover while getting to know him over a period of at least a few months.

What about sex?

Don’t feel bound to anyone’s time table for when the right time is to become sexually involved. You may have heard that men move on to look for someone else if “nothing happens” by the third date.

I think this may be true for men who feel entitled to sex, regardless of whether they want a noncommittal relationship or one that leads to marriage. If your goal is marriage, it makes sense to avoid getting sexually involved before you feel ready to do so both emotionally and mentally. You will want to have as much time as you need to test the relationship as objectively as possible and of course, and you may also be guided by your own value system based on what your religion’s teachings or those from another source.

Distinguishing Sex from Love

Are you able to distinguish between sex and love? Sex gets the hormones flowing, especially, in women, oxytocin, which has been called the “love hormone” — for good reason. It causes women to feel emotionally bonded and can blind them to the other person’s shortcomings that they would probably recognize if they hadn’t compromised their objectivity. By avoiding getting too physically involved too soon, you’ll give yourself time to see if a real friendship develops, and if the potential exists for spending a lifetime together.

It’s a mistake for a marriage minded woman to have sex because she feel pressured to in order to keep a man interested in her. That’s not love and it’s no basis for a friendship that might lead to marriage. A man who doesn’t respect your boundaries is not for you.

Keeping Love Flourishing in Your Marriage

If you are already married to someone who meets your basic requirements for a life partner, be grateful. But that is just the beginning. Love can grow or fade. If you want to keep love alive, it is up to you. You’ve taken the first step by choosing a partner with whom the chemistry is good and who shares enough of your interests, values and lifestyle preferences for the two of you to be compatible over time.

Benefits of Marriage Meetings

A great way to keep your relationship on track is by holding a weekly marriage meeting, which is a short, gentle conversation that cover all the basics, as described step by step in my book, Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted. Marriage meetings foster romance, intimacy, teamwork, and smoother resolution of issues

By regularly investing a small amount of time and energy, you and your spouse can enjoy both love and a true friendship that lasts for a lifetime.

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Obama Gives Kanye West Some Advice About Getting Into Politics

President Barack Obama gave Kanye West some advice about getting elected on Saturday. 

The rapper recently announced he was running for president in 2020. Obama, alluding to the inability of House Republicans to find a new speaker, suggested Kanye could be a candidate for that position instead.

“You may have heard that Kanye is thinking about running for Speaker of the House. It couldn’t get any stranger,” Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco. He dispensed some tips ”in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as Kanye calls it, ‘Peezy.'”

“Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?” Obama said. “That’s cray.”

“Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as ‘off message’ in politics,” he continued.

Obama also suggested that West’s appearances on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” might serve him well in politics.

“You got to deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” Obama said. 

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13 Times Celebrities Got Real About Mental Health

If you need proof that mental illness doesn’t discriminate, look no further than Hollywood.

Approximately one in four people globally will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, and that includes celebrities in the spotlight. The good news? Many stars are using their status for advocacy, sharing the message that mental health issues can affect anyone. And when it comes to mental illness, realizing you’re not alone makes dealing with it just a little bit easier.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, we rounded up some of the most encouraging and honest things public figures have ever said about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. They’re a powerful reminder that there’s certainly strength in seeking support — no matter who you are.

 

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Comedian Who Lied About Surviving 9/11 Opens Up For The First Time

Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, in his first public comments since he was exposed for lying he was in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks, explained how he believed his deception protected him from “cruel” fellow comedians and defined his career.

Rannazzisi, star of “The League,” apologized Tuesday during a 40-minute interview on Howard Stern’s radio show and addressed last months’ New York Times story that revealed he wasn’t working in the Merrill Lynch office on the 54th floor of the World Trade Center south tower when the north tower was hit. Rannazzisi recounted the fake experience to interviewers for years and claimed the ordeal motivated him to follow his dreams of being an entertainer.

“Do you think of yourself as psychologically disturbed? How do you view yourself after doing this thing?” Stern asked.

“Psychologically disturbed — I don’t know if that’s the way to put it,” Rannazzisi said. “I do see someone and am starting to figure out more about myself: codependency and wanting people to like me and to make people happy.”

The “why” is still unclear, he said.

“It wasn’t calculated at all,” he said. “It was as simple as sitting at the Comedy Store and everyone being like, ‘Hey, you’re from New York?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Were you just there? You were around?’ ‘Yeah, I was downtown.’ ‘You worked there?’ ‘Yeah, I did.’”

Within seconds, Rannazzisi said he felt he couldn’t set the record straight.  

“You have like 15 seconds, I think, to kind of go, ‘Wait, hold on. Stop. I’m sorry. That’s not true.'” he said. “If you pass that 15 seconds … now, it becomes a thing where you’re like, ‘Now, I have to be the guy that’s very strange and weird and just said I lied about 9/11.’”

Once the fake story gained traction, Rannazzisi said the resulting sympathy gave him security in the brutal comedy community.

“I think it might have been like, comedians are cruel people, especially in the beginning,” he said. “And I kind of was like, well maybe people will not be as mean to me or not make as many jokes about me because they think that this is what I went through.”

When the Times confronted him last month with conflicting versions of his 9/11 story, Rannazzisi responded with a statement confirming that he had lied. The confession may be damning to his career, but he said he feels relief and is glad he can finally apologize.

“I know what I did was terrible, and I know that I hurt a lot of people — people that lost people, people that helped people survive — and those people, those are the people that I truly am sorry,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to come on here.”

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All the Heartwarming, Hilarious Facts You Need to Know About Casual’s Tommy Dewey

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Claire Danes Reveals The ‘Homeland’ Crew’s Running Joke About Carrie

Warning: Very, very mild spoilers ahead.

“Homeland” is back in full force — not halfway through the first episode we saw Carrie Mathison drawn back to the CIA, unfortunately for her. In an interview with People, Claire Danes explained her character’s growth at the start of Season 5.

“[Carrie] is doing very well, she has a gorgeous, smart German lawyer boyfriend and she’s really connected to her child and she’s really happy — for about five minutes,” Danes said. 

“Then she’s kidnapped — again.” Again! 

Unlike other shows, where a character might be kidnapped once and scarred for life, getting thrown in an unmarked van has become a routine on “Homeland.”

“We were joking that Carrie should have a drawer full of kidnap hoods next to her delicates, she’s got so many,” Danes told People. “Some mesh, some jersey.” 

“Homeland” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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Donna Karan and Trudie Styler to Chat About the Designer’s New Book

Donna Karan will be sitting down with Trudie Styler to discuss the fashion designer’s new book, “My Journey.” The conversation will take place at the 92nd Street Y on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
In her book (Ballantine Books, $ 30), which will be published Oct. 13, Karan shares her life story, including intimate and candid stories of her difficult childhood, her five decades working on Seventh Avenue, her two marriages, motherhood and her spiritual journey over the last 20 years, as well as her departure from her namesake label last June.
“Sting [Styler’s husband] and I were both born on the same day, Oct. 2, so we have a lot in common,” said Karan.
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Justin Bieber Opens Up To Complex Magazine About Being Arrested

Justin Bieber is Complex magazine’s latest cover star.

The 21-year-old, who was photographed by David Black for the mag, opens up about everything from his infamous arrest in Miami to how he deals with all the critics. 

Speaking about that time he urinated in a bucket at a club, the Biebs said, “Honestly, I think the pissing in the bucket wasn’t as big as people made it seem. Just because, dude, think about it. Imagine, you hear that fucking Ozzy Osbourne pisses backstage. Immediately, ‘Oh, he’s a freaking rock star!’ As soon as I do it, ‘He’s being a brat.'” 

He continued, “Dude, what is bratty about pissing in a bucket? I had to go piss — we all have to pee.” He has a point — we all do have to pee, but at least most of us have the decency to do it in a restroom, even if said restroom is on the opposite side of where we are. 

The singer also called out the Miami police (who arrested and charged him for DUI and drag racing last year), saying, “they just wanted press.”

“I never was speeding; I never was drag racing … The cop supposedly wanted to be famous for arresting celebrities, and someone had heard him say that prior to that,” he said. “He was like, ‘Put your hands on the hood!’ I was like, what? I lifted my hands and I was like, ‘What do you mean, what’s going on?’ He was like, “I told you, put your hands on the hood! Now you’re under arrest for resisting arrest!'” 

“I felt it, dude. I was just like, Oh, they’re trying to get me right now at any cost. I went in, and I’m telling you, that 24 hours sucked. It was really cold. That was the worst part.” Poor Biebs.

To read the whole interview, head over to Complex

 

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Leah Remini Tells All In New Memoir About Scientology

Actress Leah Remini announced this week that she will soon release a memoir about her 30 years as a member of the Church of Scientology. The book will be “bold, brash, and bravely confessional,” according to publisher Ballantine Books. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology is set to arrive on Nov. 3.

Remini, who is best known her starring role on the long-running sitcom “King of Queens,” became a Scientologist as a child, but publicly left the Church in 2013 because she didn’t want her 9-year-old daughter, Sofia, to become indoctrinated in its precepts.

She revealed her plan to write a tell-all about her time in the Church soon after her departure, but details were scarce until this week. Now, thanks to Remini’s Twitter account, we even have a cover:

A number of books released in recent years — most notably Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear, which was adapted into an Emmy-winning HBO documentary — have thrown open the doors of the famously secretive Church of Scientology. One of the central figures in “Going Clear” was “Million Dollar Baby” screenwriter Paul Haggis, and the book describes the lengths to which the Church will go to keep its most famous members — especially Tom Cruise — in the fold. But Troublemaker will be the first book to reveal the perspective of one of Scientology’s many celebrity members in their own words. 

There’s no telling what she’ll say, though there’s certainly a good chance that much of it will paint the Church in a negative light. Remini has been a rather outspoken critic of Scientology over the past two years. At one point, she even filed a missing persons report for Shelly Miscavige, wife of David Miscavige, the head of the Church of Scientology, which the LAPD called “unfounded.”

The Church, for its part, sent The Huffington Post a statement slamming Remini’s book and behavior over the past couple years as a “pathetic quest to get publicity and seem relevant.”

“Ms. Remini needs to move on with life and stop obsessively blaming others for her problems, be it her former religion or those she has worked with professionally,” Scientology spokesperson Karin Pouw said. 

 The Church has a history of responding aggressively to criticism of its practices. Just this week, two movie theaters near the Scientology headquarters in Clearwater, Florida, canceled plans to show the film”Going Clear,” allegedly as a result of pressure mounted against them by the Church. 

 

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9 Times Celebrities Dropped Some Major Truths About Sleep

Everyone needs to get their rest — between 7 and 9 hours of it, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But it can be hard to get the word out, so it always helps when celebrities rave about how important sleep is in their lives, too. 

You need sleep because it’s when your brain and complex nervous systems perform much-needed daily maintenance on themselves. Sleep helps build memories, makes you feel better emotionally and stabilizes your blood sugar. It’s even important for your looks, as people like Lauren Conrad and Gwyneth Paltrow attest. So the next time you find yourself pressing “play” on just one more Netflix episode before bed, ask yourself — What Would Beyonce Do? 

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Hans Conried 117 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about Hans Conried

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A new Hans Conried biography that will give you all. This book is your ultimate resource for Hans Conried. Here you will find the most up-to-date 117 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Hans Conried’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: My Friend Irma (radio-TV) – Characters and story, The Danny Thomas Hour – Episodes, The Life of Riley – Radio, Snidely Whiplash, Hans Conried – Early years, Hitler’s Children (1943 film) – Cast, Behave Yourself! – Cast, Too Young to Kiss – Cast, Dudley Do-Right – Dudley Do-Right Show, The Sneetches and Other Stories, The Patsy (1964 film) – Cast, One Hour in Wonderland – Cast, Horton Hears a Who! (TV special) – Production Credits, Halloween Is Grinch Night – Songs, It’s a Wonderful World (1939 film) – Cast, Omnibus (US TV series) – Programming, Fractured Flickers – Content, The Grinch – History, Horton Hears a Who! – Adaptations in other media, Rock-A-Bye Baby (film) – Cast, The Real McCoys – Other guest stars, Horton Hears a Who! (TV special) – Cast, Crazy House (1943 film), Faeries (1981 TV special) – Cast, The Cat from Outer Space – Cast, Hogan’s Heroes – Recurring characters, Maverick (TV series) – Supporting players and recurring roles, The Californians (TV series) – Guest stars, Peter Pan (1953 film) – Music, Johann Mouse, Rich, Young and Pretty – Cast, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends – Additional cast, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T – Musical score, My Friend Irma (film) – Cast, The Tony Randall Show – Synopsis, His Butler’s Sister – Cast, The Shaggy D.A. – Cast, List of Gilligan’s Island characters – Recurring characters, and much more.

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The Sophomores: Novice Designers Talk About Their Return to NYFW

Three designers who launched their collections at New York Fashion Week in February — Gabriela Hearst, Ji Oh and Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock, the husband-and-wife team behind Brock Collection — discuss what they learned from their first experience and what they changed for their second act.
WWD: What was the most exciting part of planning your first NYFW presentation last season?
Gabriela Hearst: It was our launch season and we’d been conceptualizing the project for more than two years, so it had been a long journey to get there. Only a few trusted key people had seen the collection so we were very excited to finally show it.
Ji Oh: The most exciting part for me was the casting. Finding the right face and the right attitude isn’t so easy, but still very fun. When a girl comes in and tries my clothes on and looks great, nothing makes me happier.
Laura Vassar and Kristopher Brock: Seeing the world we dreamt of come together was the most exciting part. The days before our presentation were our favorite — the styling, casting, hair and makeup tests, and set design.
 
WWD: What was the most stressful or frustrating part?
G.H.: As the debut season was a very personal collection,

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Joe Biden Speaks Candidly About Grief, Loss And Faith In Revealing Stephen Colbert Interview

In an emotional interview, Vice President Joe Biden spoke candidly on Thursday about the recent death of his son Beau, extensively discussing his grief and how it has made it difficult for him to commit to a potential presidential bid in 2016 despite growing calls for him to run.

“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president; and two, they can look at folks out there and say, ‘I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy and my passion,'” he told comedian Stephen Colbert in an interview that will air Thursday night on CBS’ “The Late Show.” 

“I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there. I’m being completely honest,” Biden continued. “Nobody has a right in my view to seek that office unless they are willing to give it 110 percent of who they are.”

Biden has repeatedly indicated that his family is the primary factor in his decision whether or not to run and has said that he is unsure if he possesses the “emotional energy” to run.

He spoke at length about his grief on Thursday, recounting memories of Beau and frequently appearing close to tears.

“I was a hell of a success. My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way,” he said of Beau, who died in May after battling brain cancer.

The vice president also spoke about how his Catholic faith has helped him cope with Beau’s death, saying that religion gives him “enormous sense of solace.”

“I go to mass and I’m able to be just alone, even in a crowd,” he said. “It’s just a place you can go.” 

He revealed that he feels “self-conscious” about the outpouring of support he received, noting that “so many people who have losses as severe or maybe worse than mine and don’t have the support I have.”

“No one owes you anything,” he said. “You gotta get up. And I feel like I was letting down Beau, letting down my parents, letting down my family if I didn’t just get up. I marvel at the ability of people who absorb hurt and just get back up.”

 

Colbert eventually asked Biden about the mounting rumors that he may pursue a presidential bid.

“I want to talk about the elephant in the room, which in this case is a donkey. Do you have anything to tell us about your plans?” he asked.

“I think you should run for president again, and I’ll be your vice president,” Biden quipped, referencing the time Colbert briefly was a presidential candidate in 2008.

Biden also joked about his tendency to speak out of turn as vice president when his microphone suddenly shut off at the beginning of the interview.

“By the way, they do this to me at the White House all the time — shut my mic off,” Biden said.

But most of the interview covered serious matters. Colbert, who himself has experienced immense loss, losing his father and two brothers in plane crash when he was just 10 years old, seemed to support a Biden candidacy, arguing that Biden’s experiences would give him a unique perspective.

“It’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run,” he told Biden. “Your example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race.”

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Men Get Real About Sex After Menopause

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I’ve run a few pieces in this Sex After Menopause series, each of them documenting real-life stories of women navigating midlife sexuality. Hearing from women (in heterosexual relationships) is just half of the story, however. Men are clearly impacted by their lovers’ sexual evolutions, and their experience also deserves a forum. I’m grateful to the six men who agreed to share the most intimate details of their journey through menopause with the women they love.

Sam

I married my best wife when she was 48, after 14 years with my worst wife. Had about six years of a wonderful sex life — at last!

Then menopause hit and that was it. Sex became excruciating and libido packed up shop two years later (though sex only happened three to four times as we tried to see if there was any way to make it work). Doctors were no help. The only option they offered was HRT which she was afraid of due to the likelihood of encouraging breast cancer.

That was it. Game over. I’m eight years younger than my wife and frustrated as hell with no one to be angry at. I’m grateful to have met my wife and for the brief time where I did have a satisfying love life, but God, it’s been a tough road to hoe since then. I have to say, the letters you’ve gotten from couples bragging about “no problems here” do read like Penthouse Forum — unbelievable, given my experience.

James

My wife and I are in our early 70s, married 44 years and deeply, emotionally in love. My wife took HRT and avoided nearly all menopause symptoms, but at some point she lost interest in her own orgasms. Sex became all about intimacy and focused on my orgasm. She sometimes experiences brief pain on penetration which can be minimized by lube, gentleness, and angle.

We’re slowing down, but continue to make love five or six times a month, for which I am so very, very grateful. She is a sweetie.

Larry

I’m 70 and my wife is 67. We had great sex through menopause. She was in perimenopause for many years. When she got to about 65 it started to change. Intercourse became painful for her and she developed an allergy to semen. Now intercourse is out of the question and she has no desire for anything other than hugs.

Needless to say, I’m not happy. I’m still very much attracted to her and still have desire for sex in our lives every couple weeks. I guess I should be grateful to even be alive.

Matthew

I was 28 and recently separated when I met J, who was also recently separated. She was beautiful, smart, fun-loving, wise, and she had led a fascinating life. Her remarkably fit body was the result of an ongoing commitment to ballet workouts. She also was 50-years-old.

Over the next eight years, we enjoyed a wonderful life together, including a rich and varied sexual relationship. Although she had ceased to menstruate during our first year together, she never experienced a loss of libido or lubrication or the capacity for powerful orgasms. Her easy and natural sexiness was a constant inspiration to this truly fortunate man. Use it or lose it!

Phil

I am 68 and my girlfriend is 64. She is the sexiest, most orgasmic woman I have ever been with (not an especially small number as I was single in my early 30s and worked in the health care industry, where there is a high percentage of professional females).

She has an incredible sex drive, lubricates just fine (although we do use some lube), and has multiple orgasms virtually every time — and no, she is not faking.

When her late husband died (she was 56), her gynecologist told her she was done with sex. That person should not practice medicine! She was so very wrong.

Carl

I have been married to my wife for 40 years. She went through menopause in her early 40s. She had breast cancer two years before menopause. The creams didn’t really work, sex just wasn’t the same. Since she had breast cancer, HRT is out.

However, we still have sex almost as frequently as before. We have sex three to four times a week. We had it a bit more before menopause but we have found ways to enjoy sex with each other that do not need penetration. Mutual masturbation and oral and always with some nice foreplay, we still enjoy each other.

I miss intercourse but my wife did not ask for this any more than I did but we make it work, and it’s usually fun! I hope some men will read this and decide there’s a way to stay happy with the woman of your youth.

*All names have been changed.

*I am not a medical professional and this piece is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting any treatment for menopausal symptoms.

If you’d like to contribute your story to this ongoing series on sex after menopause, please e-mail me at ohgoderica@aol.com.

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9 Things No One Tells You About Wedding Planning

by Terri Pous, BRIDES

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It’s an unfortunate, but often inevitable, part of planning a wedding that there are just some things you won’t know or realize until after the big day is over. Sure, you may have a planner or wise family and friends to open your eyes to what’s really worth stressing about or what guests will actually notice, but most of the time, those things don’t dawn on you until later. The best resource for this kind of advice is real brides, so we asked some on the BRIDES Facebook page to share their time-honored insights. Here, some of the best tips:

Make a list of all the most important photos you want taken on your wedding day, give it to your photographer, but make sure you have a copy of it with you so that nobody misses anything. You’ll never get those moments back to get those pictures that you missed that day.” —Dawn Cavaluzzo Cooper

It’s your day! Don’t be so busy appeasing others that you don’t make yourself and you future spouse happy in the process.” —Ashlyn Beierle

It takes approximately 250 hours to plan a wedding… Make sure you have good people by your side. Also, don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help! Whether it is hiring a wedding planner or just having a consultation to figure out a couple things you are stuck on. Most of all, try to relax and don’t take everything so seriously. Understand that things are bound to go wrong, but there are always other options.” —Kailey-Lynn Hatfield

Everything will turn out okay and that no matter what goes wrong during the wedding, there’s always a way to keep the atmosphere positive.” —Ashley Kenny

Things will not go perfect on your wedding day, but you will be the only person to notice it. Don’t stress yourself out when you see the little hiccups and enjoy your day.” —Paulina Cotsaris

Save, save, save money! Weddings are so expensive. I can’t believe how much money my wedding has added up to be. Plan a budget!” —Iesha Palmer

Do not start planning the second you get engaged because you will change your mind on lots of things and have to redo them. I was so excited that I just started planning anything and everything I could. I wish I would have just let getting engaged sink in for a few weeks or months, and then started slow.”– Kayla Lynn

Allow at least a week, and possibly two, to call people that were sent an invitation but didn’t respond.” —Angela Pileggi Pelekanos

I wish I had known more about cultural traditions. I could have incorporated one or two to put a unique stamp on my wedding.” —Taylor Williamson Hebenstreit

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Why Everyone Is Talking About Fan Bingbing’s Amazing Style

Students of red carpet glamour have certainly become familiar with Fan Bingbing—but everyone else? Get ready to have a new red carpet fave. The 33-year-old Chinese actress long-ago conquered international best-dressed lists (she was on Vanity Fair‘s tony Best Dressed list in 2012), but now she’s poised to get a bit more mainstream—Forbes just handed her the number four spot on its list of the year’s highest-paid actresses, reporting that she’s net a cool $ 21 million in 2015. For movie stars, there’s a pretty legit correlation between salary and red carpet know-how, so it’s no surprise that the well-paid actress has had plenty of time to nail formal wear, typically picking super-glam gowns.

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We fell in love with her fairytale princess, blossom-covered Marchesa gown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but trust: It wasn’t an outlier, by any means.

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A busy festival schedule had her packing multiple showstoppers. This Ralph & Russo couture beauty, with a long train and sleeves that draped elegantly behind her, was one of the red carpet’s most stunning numbers. Her jewels were by Chopard and clutch by Louis Vuitton (she’s an ambassador for the brand).

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For the Shanghai Film Festival this summer she picked a velvet Stéphane Rolland couture gown with a partly sheer skirt. Her jewels are Chopard.

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She wore Marchesa again to the Oscars in 2013, picking a vivid fuchsia ball gown that had walked down the label’s runway just days earlier.

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And because two gorgeous gowns are always better than one, Bingbing changed before heading to Elton John’s post-ceremony party. Her peach Elie Saab couture gown had a regal embellished capelet that covered her shoulders and a skinny belt worn right at the waist. Her clutch is Roger Vivier.

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For the Cannes red carpet that same year, she picked another strong solid-colored beauty. Her Elie Saab gown was a dusty goldenrod hue and featured an embellished top and belted waistline.

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At Cannes the year prior it was more Elie Saab. This time, the gown relied on heavy beading and a high-necked cape rather than a princess skirt to make an impression.

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A purple-pink strapless gown with a frothy skirt helped her make an extra-elegant appearance at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2011.

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Bingbing pushed the sartorial envelope a bit more at that year’s Tokyo Film Festival. Her two-piece Jason Wu outfit paired an off-the-shoulder top with a high-low ball skirt (the raised front showed off super-high sparkly Christian Louboutin platform pumps). Her jewelry was Cartier.

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She picked a lime green Oscar de la Renta gown for the Cannes festival in 2011. Viewed from the side, the generous pick-ups all over the dress made for a stunning silhouette.



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Why Everyone Is Talking About Fan Bingbing’s Amazing Style

Students of red carpet glamour have certainly become familiar with Fan Bingbing—but everyone else? Get ready to have a new red carpet fave. The 33-year-old Chinese actress long-ago conquered international best-dressed lists (she was on Vanity Fair‘s tony Best Dressed list in 2012), but now she’s poised to get a bit more mainstream—Forbes just handed her the number four spot on its list of the year’s highest-paid actresses, reporting that she’s net a cool $ 21 million in 2015. For movie stars, there’s a pretty legit correlation between salary and red carpet know-how, so it’s no surprise that the well-paid actress has had plenty of time to nail formal wear, typically picking super-glam gowns.

fan-bingbing-marchesa-dress-cannes-2015

We fell in love with her fairytale princess, blossom-covered Marchesa gown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but trust: It wasn’t an outlier, by any means.

fan-bingbing-ralph-russo-cannes-2015

A busy festival schedule had her packing multiple showstoppers. This Ralph & Russo couture beauty, with a long train and sleeves that draped elegantly behind her, was one of the red carpet’s most stunning numbers. Her jewels were by Chopard and clutch by Louis Vuitton (she’s an ambassador for the brand).

fan-bingbing-red-velvet-dress-shanghai-film-festival-2015

For the Shanghai Film Festival this summer she picked a velvet Stéphane Rolland couture gown with a partly sheer skirt. Her jewels are Chopard.

fan-bingbing-pink-marchesa-dress-oscars-2013

She wore Marchesa again to the Oscars in 2013, picking a vivid fuchsia ball gown that had walked down the label’s runway just days earlier.

fan-bingbing-dress-elton-john-oscars-party-2013

And because two gorgeous gowns are always better than one, Bingbing changed before heading to Elton John’s post-ceremony party. Her peach Elie Saab couture gown had a regal embellished capelet that covered her shoulders and a skinny belt worn right at the waist. Her clutch is Roger Vivier.

fan-bingbing-elie-saab-yellow-dress-cannes-2013

For the Cannes red carpet that same year, she picked another strong solid-colored beauty. Her Elie Saab gown was a dusty goldenrod hue and featured an embellished top and belted waistline.

fan-bingbing-elie-saab-cannes-2012
At Cannes the year prior it was more Elie Saab. This time, the gown relied on heavy beading and a high-necked cape rather than a princess skirt to make an impression.

fan-bingbing-pink-purple-dress-shanghai-film-festival-2011

A purple-pink strapless gown with a frothy skirt helped her make an extra-elegant appearance at the Shanghai Film Festival in 2011.

fan-bingbing-pink-skirt-tokyo-film-festival-2011

Bingbing pushed the sartorial envelope a bit more at that year’s Tokyo Film Festival. Her two-piece Jason Wu outfit paired an off-the-shoulder top with a high-low ball skirt (the raised front showed off super-high sparkly Christian Louboutin platform pumps). Her jewelry was Cartier.

fan-bingbing-green-oscar-de-la-renta-dress-cannes-2011

She picked a lime green Oscar de la Renta gown for the Cannes festival in 2011. Viewed from the side, the generous pick-ups all over the dress made for a stunning silhouette.



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Paul Haggis Criticizes Journalists For Not Asking Tom Cruise About Scientology

When Tom Cruise was promoting “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” this summer, The Wrap reported that the actor’s PR team banned journalists from asking him about the Church of Scientology, at least in order to secure an interview. Out of those who did talk to Cruise (The Huffington Post was not among them), no one seemed to pop the forbidden questions. Both Salon and The Atlantic questioned why the media, who voraciously covered Alex Gibney’s Scientology doc “Going Clear” (us included) earlier this year, suddenly went soft when it came to interviewing celebrities associated with the Church. Now filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis is criticizing journalists as well.

I don’t know how journalists can continue to call themselves journalists if they aren’t brave enough to ask a question,” Haggis recently told The Daily Beast in an interview about his new HBO miniseries. The filmmaker resigned from the Church in 2009 and has since been vocal about his experience as a Scientologist,  appearing in “Going Clear.” He said that sometimes movie coverage should come second to asking important questions. “There was this huge elephant there, and every journalist agreed not to address it,” he told The Daily Beast. “Why? You’re just a PR person at that point. Shame on you.”

Gibney’s documentary, which was based on the 2013 Lawrence Wright book of the same name, specifically calls out Cruise and his lack of commentary on the allegations against the Church. At a screening of “Going Clear” in March, Gibney said, “Cruise is the big kahuna and that’s why we’ve gone to the trouble of calling him out. We believe that he has a responsibility to say something about the abuse.”

UPDATE: When asked for comment on Haggis’ remarks, Karin Pouw, a spokesperson for the Church of Scientology, told The Huffington Post in a statement: 


“The Church of Scientology has no interest in being exploited to publicize Paul Haggis’s next made-for-TV project or to convince his skeptics that he is relevant again.”

For the full interview with Haggis, head to The Daily Beast.

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Is There Anything Spiritual About Mindfulness?

These days mindfulness is the buzzword. Celebrities such as Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere and Tina Turner have been some of it’s strongest proponents. Mindfulness seems to be embraced in the west, more as a practice and discipline rather than as a religion, although its origin is in Buddhism. But does mindfulness have a spiritual and transformational quality to it?

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To explore this, I spoke with Santikaro (Robert Larson), who had trained under the famous Thai Buddhist teacher, Buddhadasa Bhikku. According to him, in the west, there are three forms that mindfulness has been shaped into. He refers to the first usage of it, primarily at large corporations, as McMindfulness. Like MacDonald food, it is fast, convenient and does the job. However, Santikaro questions the ethical and long-term value of this form of mindfulness, particularly when it is encouraged by managers in order to get results from employees. The workers who do practice it under such influence may not get the right long term results from such practices as their understanding of it remains limited.

The second form of mindfulness that is justifiably popular is referred to as therapeutic mindfulness. In recent times, Jon Kabat-Zinn, has championed the efforts to bring a scientifically researched and medically applicable usage to mindfulness. The program called Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) has been proven to bring relief to many people struggling with psychological distress and chronic illnesses.

The third form of mindfulness that we discussed (as seen in the video below), is the pristine form with its potential for complete inner freedom. Practiced correctly, mindfulness can lead to insight into the human condition and free us from our inner struggles and conflicts in life. If there is anything spiritual about mindfulness, then it is the ability to free us from the grasp of our own ego. This is the summon bonum, the lofty goal of most spiritual traditions.

Santikaro describes this form of mindfulness as a natural and effortless practice, not one forced on by an “egoic doer.” For instance, when we bring awareness to our breathing without clinging to the one who is breathing or when we observe the nature around us without the sense of an observer, then there is a moment of true mindfulness, the recognition of what can be called as “emptiness.” In such a practice of mindfulness, the experience of every moment can be deepened by the natural “recollection” of emptiness.

So going back to the question, “Is there anything spiritual about mindfulness?” In the two earlier forms of its practice, the purpose of practicing mindfulness is motivated by certain personal goals.
Nevertheless if it fulfills the criteria of being a tangible measure to spirituality in daily life by offering a superior quality of awareness in every moment, then it is a worthy practice. But to truly experience mindfulness with its fullest potential, one has to transcend the egoic intention and relinquish the “I” and “Mine” related to the experience, as these are the obstacles on our path to freedom.

Santikaro talks about the time that he asked Buddhadasa, his teacher, if he was enlightened. Buddhadasa replied to him, “who is there to be enlightened.” Perhaps in this response is the key to the right attitude towards this potentially liberating practice.

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Kim Dickens Reveals Answers About That ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Premiere

There’s a big reason to be scared on Sunday nights, and it’s only partially because you have work on Monday. 

The much-anticipated “Walking Dead” companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” finally premiered on AMC, and it was intense. Things got started when Nick (Frank Dillane) woke up from a drug binge to discover that a bunch of people are dead and his friend is eating them. Realizing this isn’t normal, he runs into the street, gets hit by a car and winds up in a hospital bed, a la Rick Grimes – and the series gets underway. 

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We’ve heard the companion series would be way different from “Walking Dead,” and the premiere finally showed us what that meant. While the original show has been a lot about cool zombie head shots, the “Fear” premiere focused more on the struggles of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), a school guidance counselor who couldn’t care less about being sentimental, and her boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), an English teacher, as they try to blend their families in the midst of a zombie outbreak. (Great timing, y’all.)

The premiere answered a lot of questions, but it raised quite a few as well. For instance, while struggling with a zombie at the end, did Madison actually get bit? And why do Madison’s kids hate Travis so much? Plus, Travis fixes a leak and says he saved them $ 300. Would it really cost that much? If so, why didn’t we all just become plumbers?

Luckily, “Fear” actress Kim Dickens talked with The Huffington Post about the premiere to answer those questions and more:

There’s a struggle between you and a zombie at the end of the first episode. Did you actually get bit?

It doesn’t appear that my character gets bitten. That’s for sure. There’s definitely scuffling, as our characters are certainly naïve of the dangers of what exactly is going on. So we get dangerously close to them.

What’s scarier: fighting zombies or raising the teens?

I personally have not raised any teens, but I have been a teenager. I jokingly said my character’s training is that she’s been wrangling teenagers for a while.

Why do the kids hate Travis so much? He seems cool.

I don’t know if they hate him. I think it’s just sort of daily dramas that go with blending a family when you have teenagers, and there’s a new authority in the house and everyone’s adjustment to that.

Since a lot of the series focuses on Los Angeles, are we going to see health-conscious or vegan zombies?

They may have been healthy before they were zombies. But I don’t think they’re very discerning in their appetite. Or they are discerning but certainly not healthy. Our zombies are fresher because they’re less decomposed. It’s an earlier place in this outbreak. So our infected — we’re not calling them zombies or walkers, we’re calling them “infected” because that’s all we know — so they look different. They’re fresher.

Though you call them infected, on “Walking Dead” they’re called walkers. LA isn’t known for people walking a lot. Do you think that gives you an advantage?

[Laughs] Well, you know, you can get in your car, and you’re stranded in traffic, so I don’t think it’s necessarily an advantage.

Will we see any LA celebrity zombies?

Wouldn’t that be great? Or go see a zombie ruin somebody’s red carpet moment. I don’t think so. Not in the first season, at least. 

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What is the symbol your character’s daughter Alicia gets drawn on her arm? Just a spiral?

I don’t know. That’s between her and her boyfriend’s character.

While in the hospital talking to the cops, Nick says he doesn’t even know what viscera is. Can you explain to everyone what is viscera? And can we expect more big words on the show?

[Laughs] I would imagine so. Viscera. Isn’t it parts inside the body?

Yeah, I think it’s like entrails and stuff. Speaking of that, when you guys go to the drug den there’s blood everywhere. Why don’t you call the cops at that point?

I’ve had a lot of dealings with the cops and probably wanted to get to my son first. [Madison’s] son on the show is an addict, so I think her instinct was just to try to get him on her own rather than go to the cops.

Early on, Travis repairs a leak and says it saves you $ 300. Would it really cost that much?

I don’t know. You’re gonna have to talk with the writers because that seems kind of pricey.

If the zombies don’t scare ya, the repair bills sure will.

“Fear the Walking Dead” airs Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.

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6 Things No One Tells You About Long-Distance Relationships

The story never gets old: A girl meets a boy. They fall head over heels in love to realize later on one is bound to leave somewhere far.

My story, however, comes with a little twist. I traveled nearly 6,000 miles from home to get lost in thick Indonesian jungles with a person living in my hometown. Yet, moving to France in just a month after we return from the trip.

While I desperately wished to quit my job, pack my bags I couldn’t. Saying immediate good-bye forever at that point would have torn my heart apart as well. So I opted for that type of relationships I never believed could work — long-distance relationship (LDR).

Two years fast-forward, we are still together. We are still in love and I now have two homes in two different countries where I spend equal amount of time.

There’s one important most thing I need to tell you upfront: Long-distance relationships suck. You may eventually discover some positive aspects, but on your “bad days” you will curse each mile separating you.

Yet, if you ask me, “Is it actually worth to get into LDR?

Absolutely. Every. Single. (Pun intended). Minute.

If you found yourself at the point when you need to decide whether love on the distance is possible for you, here are some important things I have learned the hard way.

1. You got a free ticket for an emotional non-stop roller-coaster ride.

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I have always thought of myself as a big girl who doesn’t cry. The first month of LDR turned me into a total weepie.

It’s not that we weren’t doing “good”. It’s just due to complete novelty of the situation; I have experienced a vast variety of feelings from deep, depressive sadness to anger, joy, anxiety, enthusiasm and everything in between.

If you think it gets better in time, sorry, it doesn’t.

You will still have “good days” when you do your daily chores, feel excited about something, have fun times with friends. And there would be bad days. Terribly wrong days full of self-pity, heart-wrenching loneliness and drilling pain.

When you are together, your joy and happiness can’t be tamed. When you are apart, your sadness grows to the size of your personal universe.

2. You will become really creative in filling up your time.

To avoid the sadness consuming me, I started to get creative with keeping my brains occupied most of the day. I took language classes, learnt to cook a few dozens of new dishes, started biking regularly into the countryside, worked long hours, started a blog, revived some long-forgotten friendships, de-cluttered my flat, gave away my clothes and did some charity projects.

My partner started learning to play the guitar, learned to skate, became a pro-chess player, continued to study another language and make new friends and useful professional connections in his new home country.

Now you get the point, you will have a lot of “waiting” time you will need to productively waste unless you don’t want to be a sad girl all the time.

3. You will have a lot of tough choices to make.

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Let’s start with some relatively simple questions both of you will need to answer honestly: “Where is this all heading?” and “What’s next?”; “How do you see our future together?” and “How can we close the distance?”

Add to the above developing the ultimate visiting schedule, shared expenses and financial planning, plus questions from all sort of random folks asking when/why don’t you get married or dump him.

4. Your friends’ may not be as supportive as you think.

If they are not in LDR as well, they won’t get all of your woes and complains 75 percent of the times. They will sound as sympathetic and compassionate as they can, but deep down inside you know they don’t understand your feelings.

Some would be much worse, asking seemingly hilarious questions like: “Does your boyfriend even exist?”, “How do you cope with the physical aspect of being in relationships?” and “Maybe you should date someone else?”.

Right. And than a cat becomes a dog.

5. In time, you develop an odd feeling of sureness.

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Your relationships are definitely not about sex. You are rather friends without benefits when you are not together. If that’s not true love, why would each if you bother to sustain this whole thing?

You are very honest with your partner and can share anything in person or online — fears, dreams, hopes, pain, insecurities. Suddenly, “jealousy” becomes an empty word for you as you grow a thousand per cent sure in your partner.

6. You will make it till the end.

I have never believed long-distance relationships work. I was proved wrong.

You will make it through. You can be a happy couple even if you don’t share one zip code.

If it is your person, you will survive everything together and make it through all the future couple struggles and life difficulties.

You can read more stories of life and travel at Elena’s blog or check out the latest pictures at @elenastravelgram

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What the Way You Put On Your Bra Says About You

Think back to this morning when you were getting dressed—how did you hook your bra? According to the pros, there are four unique ways to put one on, and each reveals something about the wearer.

“There are four distinct personality types—drivers, influencers, supporters, and careful correctors—who tend to have very unique ways of doing things, even small tasks,” human behavior expert, Patti Wood told Redbook, suggesting that even something as seemingly mundane as putting on our underwear can betray who we really are.

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Your bra clasp style: You fasten your bra from the back while it’s on
Your personality type: Supporter

You’re responsible, generous and like traditions and rules. Relationships are important to you, so you’re often the one who gathers your pals together for dinner or drinks and get called up frequently if friends need a pep talk.

Your bra clasp style: You hook your bra in the front of your body and then rotate it 180 degrees to the back.
Your personality type: Influencer

You’re a positive social butterfly who loves being around others. A serious chatty Cathy at times, you’re characteristically optimistic, persuasive, and frequently led by your emotions.

Your bra clasp style: You like bras with front closures.
Your personality type: Driver

This easy-to-see snap appeals to you because proficiency might as well be your middle name. You focus on an end goal, work as quickly as possible to get there, and don’t shy away from conflict.

Your bra clasp style: Your bra is never unhooked—you get it on by pulling over your head
Your personality type: Careful Corrector

There’s rarely a time when you’re not mulling something over. You’re a thinker and don’t speak without first considering your words. Also extremely organized, this personality type loves figuring out solutions to problems.



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4 Fun (And Semi-Depressing) Facts About Midlife

When I was 20, I didn’t spend much time thinking about what it would be like to be…well…old. My forties and fifties seemed like they were a helluva long way off…mostly because they were. If I’d have stopped to think about what midlife would look like, I’d probably imagine myself wearing polyester stretch pants, pantyhose with reinforced toes and that thing you wear around your neck where you push a button that alerts 911 if you “fall and can’t get up.” And sensible shoes. Lots of sensible shoes.

I’m happy to report most of my trousers still zip (they have zippers, anyway). I haven’t needed the emergency buzzer, the clapper or the grabber, although I do appreciate the value of a good pair of support hose. Even though my actual midlife experience isn’t what twenty year old me might have envisioned, I still have some fun, semi-depressing facts about midlife I’d like to share with young women everywhere.

Pay attention, bitches…I’m trying to scare the snot out of you. Why? Do I really need a reason, beyond that it’s fun?

Comfort: your underwear’s most important feature.

I’m not saying there’s no place in your life and lingerie drawer for sassy, sexy bloomers but comfort is the front runner. Support is a close second. I might still let my freak flag fly on occasion but I’m past the point where I’ll worry if hubs sees me in sensible undies. It is what it is. Thong on for now, but your time is coming. Trust me.

Dark hair sprouts randomly on your face and body.

I don’t care if your God-given hair color is platinum blonde. Stray hairs are black and crinkly (kind of like pubes.) Always. It’s a rule or something. Most often sighted on chins, these little suckers can sneak up in other regions.

I have one that appears out of freaking nowhere on my neck. One day it’s not there, the next it’s gently blowing in the breeze. A male coworker once mistook it for string. Joke was on him, it was attached. And yes, he was a hottie because the laws of the universe say that if a male must point out something unflattering, embarrassing or gross about your appearance, he must be attractive so that you can be as mortified as humanly possible.

PSA: rearview mirrors in natural light are optimum for spotting rogue hairs, so tuck a pair of tweezers in your glove box. Obviously, hair reconnaissance missions should happen when the car is not moving. Safety first, ladies. And, plucking while stopped at a light is trashy. Just don’t.

And…I could continue with a detailed description of boob hair, but I’ll just leave it there and smile, imagining the panic that little teaser may cause.

Ever-present fear of sneeze-pee fusion.

If you’ve given birth, you might remember this one fondly. If you’ve never experienced pregnancy, you’re in for a treat, my sisters. Allow me to spell it out: a sneeze, cough or even a good laugh will make you pee your pants. You never know when your bladder will fail you. You’ll remember all the times you snickered at old ladies trying to discreetly toss Poise pads in their shopping cart. You’ll wonder if the sneeze-pee fusion is karmic ass-biting payback. The answer is yes.

Your high school anthem is a classic.

There is something depressing about hearing the tunes you took your bra off to in the backseat is now considered classic rock. I’m bracing myself for the day some punk-ass fourteen year old deejay refers to anything sung by Pat Benatar as an oldie. It’ll happen. And, part of me will die a little bit.

While I might need comfier underwear and more alone time with my tweezers, life at midlife is no pity party. I (usually) have enough energy to run after my kids, run a 5K and on a good day, run circles around my younger friends. Sometimes guys still check me out. They might be trying to decide if I need help crossing the street, but hey, let me have my fantasies, m’kay?

Most of my girlfriends in their forties and fifties list sexier sex and more wisdom as perks of being this age. I think it’s down to more confidence and just no longer giving a crap what other people think.

It will happen to you, too. Katy Perry or maybe even Justin Beiber will be on the classic rock station. You will pick up that multi-pack of cotton undies and say “hmmm, these look nice and comfy.” Wait and see. For now, better stock up on those Poise pads…and be careful when you sneeze. You just never know…

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Benjamin – A Loving Story about a Family and Their Dog and His Lasting Impact on the Animal Kingdom

Benjamin – A Loving Story about a Family and Their Dog and His Lasting Impact on the Animal Kingdom


Our task must be to free ourselves. by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein As all dog lovers know, a pet dog’s main purpose in life is to give its owners unconditional love. Those fortunate enough to have a pet like Benjamin also know this love comes with boundless energy, goodness, innocence, incredible intelligence and lots of great and often humorous stories. Benjamin chronicles the life of one dearly beloved pet’s journey through life with his humans. This book is the cornerstone of The Benjamin Project, an educational and fundraising initiative in Benjamin’s memory (www. thebenjaminproject. ca). The vision for the Project includes a children’s picture book; a lesson plan and materials for one hour of classroom time at some point in the grade school curriculum about ‘Rescues’ and the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership; an educational app for people of all ages; a casual and fun clothing line; and an army of advocates for the Benjamins of the world such as dogs, cats, horses and endangered species. All net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to animal charities and to education on responsible pet ownership.

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The Shocking Truth About Tinder; It’s More Than Just a Hook-Up App!

Have you heard the news? Tinder is causing a ‘Dating Apocalypse.’ That’s right, this simple dating app is causing changes in human mating and dating behavior, the likes of which we’ve never seen before… that is, if you agree with the September Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales, “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse.” Not convinced? Browse over to the R.I. Health Department and read their conclusion that Tinder is one cause of the nation-wide rise in STDs. That’s one powerful app, right? Could it be true? Has Tinder forever changed the way people date?

What is Tinder and Why has it become the Focus of Debate?

Tinder is a free, location-based mobile dating app that simplifies the process most dating websites require. You simply download the app to your smart phone, link to your Facebook account, choose up to six photos of yourself, and write a brief bio. That’s it!

Then the game begins. The app shows you photos of singles based on your preferences. You swipe left if you don’t like them and swipe right if you do. If someone you like also swiped right on your photo, the app immediately informs you, “It’s a Match!” and urges you to begin chatting. Beware: Tinder is addictive. But, is it just a hook-up app for the ‘hit-it-and-quit-it’ culture, or is it something more?

The Appeal

If you’ve familiar with online dating, you may wonder what the appeal is, and how you can find someone worth your time given what little information the app gives and requires. But that’s what makes Tinder great. The app is simple, easy on the eye and feels like a game. The objective? To find matches and start conversations. And when you are matched, starting conversations is easier. After all, you know your match is also interested.

Tinder is more efficient because it doesn’t require answering a long series of questions to find the best matches for you. It’s a matter of choosing whether to swipe left or right. Sounds too simple, right? Well, not exactly. The decision-making process involved in using Tinder is both rational and emotional. You’ll rationalize your swiping decision based on age, distance and a short bio (if included). But let’s be honest, it’s all about the photos. Swiping left or right depends on how attractive you find a candidate, and that’s pure emotion.

Tinder Is Only for Hook-Ups.

If you believe the hype and speak to the wrong people, you’ll be convinced that Tinder is just another hook up app. But, dismissing this app would be a mistake, and I can give you 50 million reasons in 196 countries worldwide to convince you. Yes, Tinder is popular and widespread.

Over the past few months, I’ve used Tinder Plus (premium subscription / worldwide) to “informally research” Tinder users (women and men) across a wide age-range (25-50) all over the world. And No, I did not create fake profiles.

What I found? Almost 60 percent of all women who wrote a narrative in their profile included a reference to NOT wanting a hook-up. Here are examples copied from Tinder profiles in the United States:

Not looking for a hook-up, but thanks for the thought . . . Makes me feel all warm ‘n fuzzy, LOL.

NOT HERE FOR A HOOK-UP. KEEP YOUR STDs TO YOURSELF!

Looking 4 a match, not a F*** B****!

Hook-ups, please swipe left. XOXO

So, people are aware of Tinder’s “hook-up” reputation, yet they are still willing to try the application hoping to connect with someone who is also looking for a serious relationship. Are these women hiding their true intentions about hooking-up? I think not.

Can Tinder Lead to a Long-Term Relationship?

There’s plenty of discussion about the “seriousness” of mobile dating apps. In fact, many find them superficial because of how simple they are. Perhaps this adds to the app’s allure and charm. Whatever the case, Tinder is popular and has brought online dating to the masses. People who have considered online dating desperate find it much easier to download the simple app, link to Facebook and swipe away.

Indeed, there are plenty of twenty-somethings who are on Tinder for a quick hook-up. And, if you use it, you’ll probably find a match who swiped right to convince you to hook up with them. But you’ll find just as many interesting, attractive and successful people who are only interested in a committed relationship.

Afraid of matching and chatting with a married person? Yes, unfortunately it happens on Tinder! Oh, but wait, it also happens in bars, restaurants, at speed dating events, and through matchmaking services. It happens in life!

Does Tinder make hooking-up and casual sex easier? Yes, if you’re looking for it. But it makes finding meaningful relationships easier as well. What happens after you’re matched, depends on you and your partner. Trust your instincts and make sure your partner is on the same page. If someone makes you uncomfortable, un-match them, report the issue and move on.

Today’s technology, connectivity and innovative applications make connecting with and meeting new friends easy. But at the end of the day, you’re still the one who decides who you find attractive and with whom you want to spend your time. Tinder is just a tool — a portal to connect and introduce you to others. But it’s the biggest and baddest on the playground. And if you’re in the game, don’t you want to play with the best? Tinder is simple, quick, fun and free — and everyone seems to be doing it. If you’re single and looking, keep an open mind and check it out. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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7 Things I Want My Son to Know About Leadership

Standing in a crowded gym I watched as my teenage son and several of his friends took to the basketball court. He’s been playing sports since he was four years old and in many ways is a natural athlete when it’s channeled and honed by the great coaches he’s had. In prior seasons it’s taken him a good five minutes or so of play to warm up and adjust to being watched by a crowd of people. This year though, as one of only two eighth-graders on the varsity team, there’s no time for warming up. From tip off to the final buzzer he’s pretty much in, unless he gets fouled out. He’s pretty aggressive. I don’t mind that because I think it will serve him well someday. But this year I’ve witnessed a change.

The shy kid who was reluctant to take a shot is not only hitting occasional three pointers but his shoulders have changed. He stands solid, he’s encouraging his teammates, and he’s taking more control. It’s a metamorphosis on the hardwood. I’m witnessing the former shy kid show confidence and leadership. I’m amazed and proud. As he moves beyond middle school, I’m sure I’ll be in awe of plenty of other changes. Meanwhile, I hope I can look back and see that I’ve taught him these seven things, I believe every leader should know.

Leaders are proud of their roots. Never, ever be ashamed of your family, your faith, your friends, or your job. Where you come from is ok, and where others come from is okay. In fact it’s better than okay. The road to the person we become is paved by all those things. Besides, I once heard “my home may be someone else’s dream home, my car someone else’s dream car, my job someone else’s dream job.” Be proud, just don’t be prideful. The most shameful thing you can do is treat others less than yourself. Rather than chasing acceptance or approval from others, pursue your purpose and help show others theirs.

Leaders Communicate. Be confident and comfortable looking others in the eye. Soak up information and know your stuff. Knowing how to share your knowledge effectively is a skill. Be humble and bear in mind that no one likes a know-it-all. Know when to step up to the plate. Know when to step back. Don’t be a fake flatterer or tell people things just to tickle their egos. The most valued people are those who can keep confidence and who also speak truth out of genuine concern. Become to the go-to person who will shoot straight with people. You don’t always have to speak first. Sometimes it’s best to be last. Be kind, fair, and judicious in all you say, and above all remember this: Sometimes the most powerful or effective thing you can say is nothing at all.

Leaders Show Respect. You might feel that others need to earn your respect, but a leader shows respect in everything, every day. Respect property. Respect laws. Respect tradition but also respect dreams, innovation, and new ideas. Respect our leaders. Respect our country. Respect the process, and those who fight to preserve our freedoms. Respect the one you love in public and in private, and finally, for the sake of your integrity have a strong sense of self-respect.

Leaders Show Strength. Many people have ideas about what it means to be strong. Real strength is shown in how you react to life’s circumstances, surprises, and failures. Our strength is proven through our determination. Be relentless in pursuing your dreams, but remember “a dream is just a wish without a plan.” Strong people make plans, and strong people can accept when plans need to change. The key is just to have a plan. Have the guts to stand up for what’s right. For example, silence when someone is bullied or mistreated is a sign of weakness and being a bully just makes you a jerk or worse. Be resilient, be driven and own up to your mistakes. That is strength.

A Leader is Someone You can Count On. Unless there’s an emergency (a real one), if you say you’ll do something, do it. Be where you said you’ll be, do what you said you’d do, and in the rare event you can’t meet your obligation ask forgiveness, and make it right.

Leaders Are Human and It’s Okay to Show it. Part of the problem in our broken world is that too many people are afraid to express love or emotions because of poor examples or negative life experiences. Don’t shy away from emotion. Don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s not ok to “feel” something. Show affection when it’s appropriate. And hey, it’s okay to shed a tear over things that matter, just don’t be a crybaby or whiner when things don’t go your way. There’s a difference. One way to show your humanity is by serving others. Remember that it’s difficult to feed hate when we’re feeding others together and it’s hard to tear people down when we’re building something together. Show you care, and if you really care, you’ll act on it.

Leaders Solve Problems. Be a problem solver. There’s a big difference between “problems” and “situations.” No matter how big or small the problem is, if you don’t like something or you see an injustice, then commence to changing it. There’s almost always more than one way to solve a problem. Remember not every problem can be solved overnight, but you have to start somewhere.

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What a Guy Who Ate an Entire Airplane Teaches Us About Stress

Of all the believe-it-or-not, world record stunts out there, one of the most intriguing and sensory-grating examples can teach us some important lessons about stress.

Meet Michel Lotito, aka “Mr. Eats All”, known for showing off his proclivity towards eating objects — light bulbs, shopping carts, and chandeliers. His largest feat was a Cessna 150 aircraft, bringing his lifetime tally of metal (and perhaps mental) mayhem to nine tons.

This perplexing behavior was not just a case of extreme pica (an eating disorder characterized by consuming objects that cannot be digested), but one that shows us that we are often capable of things beyond our comprehension (and yes, some pretty bizarre behavior, too!)

Mr. Eats-All apparently went about his quest with careful and deliberate precision, infusing mineral oil to aid him, and making sure he went bit-by-bit in small, manageable chunks. He apparently knew when-to-say-when, and was adept at knowing his maximum threshold. (Perhaps he was an unsuspecting pioneer of portion control, even).

Like our stomachs, our brains are constantly involved in a process of digestion. We are required to process gargantuan amounts of information, massive changes and constant stimulation — flooding our circuits and leaving us reeling. This can lead to some serious brain indigestion.

Unlike Mr. Eats-All, we can’t manufacture a perfectly controlled system of digesting the myriad of whopper’s that come into play and overload our minds. But there’s still something to learn from this example of culinary chaos:

1. We are capable of digesting difficult things. Even when pierced with life’s stingers, we are wired for resilience and have incredible capacity for healing — even when life delivers blows that puncture our dreams and disrupt our sense of stability and happiness. Life may be tough, but so are we.

2. We need to know our maximum threshold. Each day is filled with a never-ending to-do list. There’s only so much that can be digested within our daily span. Avoid trying to solve all of your problems at once, and instead carve out space to regroup. Know when to say when.

3. We benefit from setting strategic goals. It’s unlikely that we can control the heaping portions of stress we experience — they usually clobber us all at once, creeping over our wall of coping. We can learn to prioritize what needs our attention and break action steps into small bites. Step by step, chunk by chunk, we’ll get there.

4. Progress takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. And apparently, the airplane to fly there wasn’t eaten in a day, either. What makes us think we can work through challenges or meet our goals all in one fell swoop? If we rush, we might risk unfavorable outcomes. A sense of urgency can be helpful, but keep expectations realistic.

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We all need a little mineral oil, or as Mary Poppins called for — a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. We all need help with digesting what’s at hand. Search for your remedies. Look around for internal resources (like humor, faith, creativity) and external resources (like trusted friends, colleagues or mentors) to help keep you from chronic brain indigestion. We can’t always change what we have to digest, but can focus on how we digest for greater health and happiness.

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What Every Woman Should Know About Looking Better in Clothes

“Your sleeve is a 26,” Zac Posen tells me as he prods at the arm of my blazer. “Actually, 25 3/4.”

We’re perched in a back corner of his atelier for a photo-shoot fitting. Together we’ve decided that I’ll wear a shapely skirt suit, and though it’s my size—a 12—it does not fit. The skirt is so tight it won’t zip up. The jacket fits in the shoulders but drowns out my waist. And the mermaid shape is so snug I can’t walk at all. As you can imagine, I’m embarrassed—and briefly consider running for the door.

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But Posen is unfazed. In fact, he’s already remeasuring so he can tell where to pin, let out, and take in the garments. “Alterations,” he tells me, “are the game changer when it comes to the perfect fit.” And once he’s done, voila: The skirt zips, the jacket accommodates, and I can move. “The right tailoring can make any garment work for any body,” says Posen. “And it can make you feel confident—especially when, these days, a lot of clothing is two-dimensional, but in real life every body is different, and women have curves.”

As a size 12, those words hit home for me. I often feel left out by fashion: In a standard size range, a 12 is regularly too tight; in a plus-size range, even the smallest 14 is too wide. I’ve learned to shop around this conundrum, but I’m still left standing in a fitting room feeling defeated more than I’d like to admit. And I’m not alone. Women of many body types struggle to fit properly into clothing—so let’s do something about it! Isn’t it time we stop trying to fit into our clothes and have our clothes fit us instead? Here are a few suggestions on how to start:

Step One: Ignore Your Size
That’s right—ignore. Sizes vary between countries, companies, and even articles of clothing. The U.S. government has been attempting to fix this problem via regulation since the 1940s, but instead, the situation has actually gotten worse, with the arrival of vanity sizing—in which bigger garments are tagged with smaller numbers to entice customers (that’s why the 00 now exists). “The mentality that the lowest size is best needs to go out the window,” says plus-size model and fashion designer Candice Huffine. “It’s just a number that somebody made up”

Her advice? “Try on several sizes, bigger and smaller,” she says. “Some people have tag phobia: They don’t want to buy a bigger size because of the number on the label. If you care about that, cut the tags out when you get home!”

Step Two: Shop for Your Biggest Part
It’s an easy truth that changes everything: Buy an item to fit the widest part of your body and take the rest of the garment in. That means no more jackets that gape open and muffin-top-inducing jeans. (Amen!)

“I’m a fan of blazers,” says Huffine. “But when I find one that fits through my shoulders and bust, the waist is often too big. I buy for my broadest part, then create an hourglass by taking in the midsection.”

So what does this mean for your shape? If you’re pear-shaped, buy to fit your bottom and take in elsewhere. “I have a small waist and bigger hips,” says celebrity stylist Sara Paulsen, who’s worked with Mindy Kaling. “I often wear A-line and flounce-hem skirts, which balance my proportions. I buy to fit my hip, then take the waist in—I sometimes even nip a fitted skirt right under the butt to create a flattering curve.”

If you’re muscular, the widest part of your body may be your shoulders and biceps. “I tend to have to fit my arms in jackets and take the body in,” says Hannah Bronfman, the founder of fitness site HBfit.com. “I always buy a size larger and make adjustments.”

Height can also make it more difficult to wear off-the-rack clothing. “It’s really hard for short girls to wear midi skirts,” says celebrity stylist Kate Young—whose clients include Selena Gomez and Natalie Portman. “They make you look shorter. Either go maxi—to the floor—or have the hem taken up above the knee.”

Tall women face the opposite dilemma. “Finding clothes that really fit my body has been a lifelong struggle,” says cover girl and denim designer Karlie Kloss. “Growing up, I found that if pants were long enough, they were much too big; if they fit in the waist, they were way too short.” If that sounds like you, buy a length that fits and have a tailor adjust the waist—or look to the solution Kloss herself invented, a Frame Denim line with 40-inch inseams. (Hudson Jeans and the Gap also offer extended lengths.)

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Step Three: Master E-Shopping
When shopping online, it helps to know your bust, waist, and hip measurements; most sites translate their sizes into those numbers. Also, consider brands that take fit into account: Rent the Runway shares photos of customers in each item (with their honest reviews), so you can see how a piece works on a variety of shapes and sizes. There are also companies that help with fitting woes; True Fit, for example, works with brands like Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs to generate suggestions based on your sizes, previous purchases, and its own e-commerce database.

Step Four: Make Your Alterations
The next step is the all-important nipping and tucking. Find a good tailor by asking a trusted boutique, department store, or dry cleaner in your area for a recommendation. If you’re technologically inclined, try in-home tailoring services like Mend and zTailors. Here are a few things a tailor will be able to do to your garments:

  • Create your shape and size. Generally, you can hem or take a seam in as much as four inches; any more will throw the look of the garment off. And ask your tailor to follow the lines of your body. “If you’re working with a dress or jacket, fit the shape of your back,” says Posen. “It’s curved, not a straight line!”
  • Make more room. “People tend to think that you can only make stuff smaller, but you can make things a little bigger too,” says Young. “If a dress is hugging a bit, you can often find some room in the zipper or the side seam to let out.” You can also cut a slit or vent in a dress.
  • Find the right length. “With skinny pants, you can wear any heel height, since the hem should grace the top of the shoe,” says Young. For wide-leg pants, which should hit the floor, “buy two pairs and have one altered to wear with flats and one to wear with heels.” If you buy only one, hem it to work with the heel height you wear most often.
  • Streamline your silhouette. A tailor can close up pockets in a pair of pants,
  • add hook-and-eye closures between gaping buttons on a shirt, or create darts under the bust or in the back of a top to create cleaner lines. If you always tuck in shirts, remove the bottom few buttons so they don’t show under clothes.

Step Five: Consider Custom-Made
Still unsatisfied? Look into made-to- measure clothing, either from a tailor or via sites like eShakti and small boutiques on Etsy. It can be expensive (shirts start at around $ 100, and a full suit can run upwards of $ 1,500) but worth it, at least for frequently worn items. “Custom-made clothing is economical,” argues Posen. “If you take good care of them, your garments can last for a long time.”

Huffine’s made-to-measure must is a cocktail dress—like the Sophie Theal- let she wore to this year’s Pirelli calendar launch. “I needed to wear a bra and I wanted to wear Spanx, so she designed around that,” she says. “In the end, the gown was something I knew I would be comfortable and feel like myself in.”

And that, of course, is the point. The outfit I reach for when I want to feel like my best self? You guessed it: Posen’s expertly tailored skirt suit. With it on, I stand taller, smile bigger, and behave more confidently. “We need to stop letting fashion make us uncomfortable,” says Huffine. “When something is tailored to fit you perfectly, it takes all worry away. Your garment isn’t fighting against you—it’s working with you.”

So the next time you’re standing in the fitting room, remember: It’s not you that needs to be altered. It’s your clothes.



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18 Real Things Donald Trump Has Actually Said About Women

Donald Trump claims to “cherish” women, but his actions — and words — suggest otherwise. 

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly called him out on his sexist behavior during the GOP debate on August 6, reminding him: “You have called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’, and ‘disgusting animals.” 

 Trump laughed off the question, claiming he doesn’t “have the time for total political correctness.” Later, Trump called Kelly a “bimbo” and said that he “didn’t recognize” the remarks she was referencing. 

Well, we recognize them. 

Trump has consistently insulted, belittled, sexualized and stereotyped women. He has also taken the time to personally insult individual notable women like Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie O’Donnell, Cher, Bette Midler, and others. 

 Here are 18 of the most outrageous things Trump has said about women:

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12 Things That Freak Men Out About Dating Post-Split

Dating is a nerve-racking experience for anyone — and when you’re a newly divorced guy, you have even more to worry about. (“Will my date think I have a ton of baggage?” “Did I really just get Tinder-matched with my ex’s sister?”)  

The experience is not for the faint of heart. Below, divorced men share the things that freaked them out most about dating after the big D. 

1. Do I seem totally desperate? 

“I worried about seeming desperate and damaged, even though I was a little of both. Thank God for my family and my therapist! And my cat. (I also worried about being a crazy cat dude, but my cat’s awesome.) – Antonio Sacre, author of My Name Is Cool

2. What will my kids think of this person? (Actually, maybe I shouldn’t let my kids meet this person.) 

“I spent a lot of time anxiously wondering whether my daughter and the women in my life would get along — or else plotting to keep them from ever meeting.”  Jeffrey Zeth 

3. I feel like I’m cheating on my wife — err, ex-wife. 

 ”At least when I was a teenager I had an excuse for being nervous. This time, I also felt like I was cheating on my wife. Yes, she was no longer my spouse, but I hadn’t been out with any other woman in a long time.” Elliott Katz, author of Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants: Timeless Wisdom on Being a Man

4. Am I really ready?  

“Hands down, the number one thing I was nervous about was whether I was really ready to date. I certainly felt ready: Ready to have sex. Ready to have some sort of a relationship. But what kind of relationship? I simply wasn’t sure if I should even be dating.” — Chris Burcher 

5. How are my kids going to respond to me dating? 

“Look, divorce is traumatic enough for kids. When you start dating, you don’t want them to feel disappointed when daddy ditches them some nights to ‘go meet a friend.’ That’s why I put off dating for at least two years to avoid stressing my kids out.” — Craig Tomashoff

6. What if there’s a name slip-up? 

“I worried about calling my date by my ex-wife’s name. Whoops.” – Antonio Sacre

 7. Will she look anything like her profile picture? 

“You never know. I met women who used 10-year-old photos (‘because my stylist says I don’t look a day over 30…even though I’m 40’) and a woman who had used an intensely airbrushed head-on shot.”  – Darren Marshall

8. Oh, great, now I’m going to have to get in shape. 

“One of the greatest things about getting married is you can stop working hard to constantly impress potential mates. Eat the fettuccine Alfredo. Skip the kickboxing class. I panicked about having to get back on the market again because it meant vanity and I had to get reacquainted. And that meant a lot of hard work that I wasn’t ready to take on.” – Craig Tomashoff

9. What kind of weirdos am I going to meet on Tinder, Plentyof Fish, etc.?

“I was nervous about who I’d meet online. I had my kids every Thursday through Sunday so it didn’t take long to realize it was going to be a challenge to meet people. To be honest, I always thought online dating was for desperate individuals so I didn’t know what to expect.”  – Kevin Cotter, author of 101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress

10.  The state of their manscaping. 

“Some single buddies of mine explained to me how much they groomed themselves. Having been married for almost 12 years I had never groomed anything below my neck. By age 36, hair was definitely showing up in places it didn’t belong so I had work to do.” – Kevin Cotter  

11. Is she going to drill me on why I’m divorced? 

“It’s not a conversation to have on the first few few dates but the subject will eventually come up the more serious things get. The truth is always complicated; I was always torn between making sure she understood the whole story and giving her TMI.”    Jeffrey Zeth 

12. Enough about me. What if she has baggage of her own?

“I had one date who turned up in a wedding ring. She had apparently yet to tell her husband the news that they were separated and that she was on Match.com…”  – Darren Marshall

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment Fires Back About Unpaid Interns Lawsuit

Mary-Kate’s and Ashley Olsen’s Dualstar Entertainment Group is the latest multimillion-dollar business to come under fire for allegedly using unpaid interns. But executives at the company, which the enterprising sisters built from the ground up, aren’t about to accept the claims of unpaid interns in a new class-action suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The plaintiff Shahista Lalani reportedly claimed to have punched the clock with 50-hour unpaid work weeks.A Dualstar spokeswoman, Annett Wolf, challenged the allegations altogether. Wolf said Tuesday, “As an initial matter, Dualstar is an organization that is committed to treating all individuals fairly and in accordance with all applicable laws. The allegations in the complaint filed against Dualstar are groundless, and Dualstar will vigorously defend itself against plaintiff’s claims in court, not before the media. Dualstar is confident that once the true facts of this case are revealed, the lawsuit will be dismissed in its entirety.”
Lalani declined to comment Tuesday, deferring a request to her attorney Brett Cohen at Leeds Brown Law. Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Lalani, a graduate of The New School’s Parsons School of Design, now has her own signature ready-to-wear label. The Row, the twins’ luxury apparel and accessories collection,

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Can We Please Talk About This Very Tiny Unicorn

Once upon a time, circa 1505 or 1506, the great High Renaissance painter Raphael painted a little known worked titled “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn.” As you can see, said painting does indeed feature one lady and one unicorn.

Except the title sort of downplays the whole mystical horned horse aspect. Raphael’s unicorn, it should be noted hyperbolically in the headline, is a BABY unicorn that could easily be mistaken for a furry teacup puppy or a very amiable kitten. It’s tiny mouth appears to be neighing, for crying out loud! Cue immense d’awwwwww.

This blessed portrait, originally housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, caught our attention when a curious press release landed in our inboxes, announcing the painting’s debut appearance in the United States later this year. The exhibition, very correctly titled “Sublime Beauty,” will bring what is inarguably the world’s most adorable baby unicorn first to the Cincinnati Art Museum and then to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Calif. We can hear the lines forming now.

But why does one lone painting of a lady and her pet unicorn deserve the attention of the Internet? According to Dr. Esther Bell, curator in charge of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” is not only “a stunning masterpiece of the Italian High Renaissance,” it’s also a bona fide art world mystery.

The identity of the blond woman behind the unicorn, it turns out, is unknown, as is the meaning or iconography of the bite-size unicorn in her lap. Some scholars believe the painting may have been commissioned for a wedding; the unicorn could be interpreted as a symbol of chastity. For example, Alan Riding, in a 2001 article in The New York Times, speculated that ”Portrait of a Lady” originally showed a betrothed woman holding a dog, “a symbol of fidelity.” However, when the subject’s marriage was called off, Raphael may have replaced the dog with a unicorn, a nod to her virginity.

Others note the portrait’s resemblance to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” referencing minute details like the painting’s half-length format, the presence of folded hands and the distant landscape in the background. Not to mention, that stare. Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino — aka Raphael — is known in part for his association with masters like Leonardo, Michelangelo and, thank you “TMNT,” Donatello. Leo and the much younger Raphael were both creating works in Florence, Italy in the 16th century, so it wouldn’t be much of a stretch if the latter was influenced by the former’s style.

“The ‘Mona Lisa’ is the singular portrait of the High Renaissance, but we find ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’ to be just as beautiful and compelling,” Bell told the San Francisco Gate. “We believe Raphael was familiar with da Vinci’s work, and there is definitely a stylistic tie to be made to the ‘Mona Lisa.'”

In the aforementioned press release, Bell teases that the “Sublime Beauty,” which opens on Oct. 3, will introduce new scholarship on the miniature beast and his mysterious owner. The New York Times’ recently reported that the woman in the painting, curator Linda Wolk-Simon believes, could be the daughter of Pope Alexander VI’s mistress, Giulia Farnese.

Until October, all we can do is feast upon the tiny creature’s beauty here. While some museums are paying homage to contemporary cat memes, and others are celebrating the squee-inducing kitties of art history past, members of the Cincinnati and San Francisco art communities have this to say: don’t forget about the baby unicorn.

 

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Everybody Has A Tattoo, But Nobody Talks About The Side Effects

By Kathryn Doyle

(Reuters Health) – Tattoo health and safety regulations tend to focus on short-term risks like infections, but little is actually known about the long-term risks of living with ink under your skin, according to a new review in The Lancet.

“Almost everybody these days has a tattoo, and nobody is talking about the side effects of ink deposits,” said senior author Dr. Andreas Luch of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Berlin.

“There is no proof that these ink ingredients are safe, being injected into the body,” Luch told Reuters Health.

Between one and five percent of tattooed people suffer a bacterial infection, and some people can have allergic reactions to the ink, according to the report.

Those are short-term effects. It is harder to measure the long-term effects of ink since tattoo inks are in most countries classified as cosmetics, Luch said.

Since the inks are classified as cosmetics, their long-term toxicology can’t be tested in animals, Luch said. In his opinion, tattoo inks should be a completely different product category.

The skin barrier effectively keeps surface cosmetics out of the body, he said.

But tattoo ink is injected into living tissue, which contains blood vessels, nerves and immune cells.

“We need to assume that all of these ink ingredients, including preservatives, processing aids or whatever, will become systemically available in the body over time,” Luch said. “Regulation based on cosmetics is insufficient.”

Examining the bodies of the deceased who have had tattoos for decades has shown that up to 90 percent of the ink has disappeared from the skin, he said.

“We cannot answer the question what is going to happen with these inks,” whether they accumulate in organs over time or are excreted, Luch said.

Similar questions remain for laser tattoo removal: when the pigments are fractured and fragmented under the skin – where do they go – he added.

“In the U.S. the (Food and Drug Administration) has the authority to regulate inks, but is not currently doing so,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a dermatologist at the University of Washington in Seattle who was not involved in the review.

“Regulation of tattoo parlors and tattoo artists is left to the states, and the requirements for operating vary widely from very minimal (bloodborne pathogen training) to fairly complex (hundreds of hours of apprenticeship),” Shinohara told Reuters Health by email.

There are no industry standards for ink ingredients, the industry is minimally regulated, and few problems with tattoos are reported to authorities, she said.

Modern tattoo inks mostly contain organic pigments, but can also include preservatives and contaminants like nickel, arsenic and lead, Luch and his coauthors note. In one study in Switzerland, preservatives banned for use in cosmetics were found in 14 percent of tattoo ink samples.

Reactions tend to be more common from colored inks than from black and white ones, Luch said.

Tattooing has been going on for at least 5,000 years, but has become a modern trend, with roughly 120 million people in the western hemisphere having at least one tattoo, Luch said.

“The acute risks are well known,” including pain, bleeding, infection and allergic reaction, Luch said. “The tattooist at least needs to explain that something like this could happen,” he said.

But long term risks, like organ toxicity or cancer, are still unknown, he said.

“It’s an individual decision, we cannot tell someone not to get a tattoo,” Luch said. “I wouldn’t like to have a tattoo on my skin, but if a person likes colored skin, what can I say?”

It’s not necessary for people to stop getting tattoos, Shinohara said, “but I think people should be smart about it – research the parlor, ask about any recent problems, follow the aftercare instructions and report immediately to the tattoo artist and a physician for any problems that occur after tattooing.”

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1MXGlrm The Lancet, online July 23, 2015.

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Here’s All You Need to Know About the Candidates in Thursday’s GOP Debate

Ten of the Republican Party candidates for president will participate in the first debate of the 2016 Presidential Campaign on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fox News, the official network of the GOP, has announced the names of nine of the candidates in the debate. The tenth will either be Ohio Gov. John Kasich or former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. What is it going to be, Fox, beets or liverwurst?

The GOP’s remaining candidates will sit on folding chairs at the back of the auditorium, with forlorn looks on their faces, wondering why they’re not one of the popular kids.

And we’re left to wonder: Why is there a debate in August 2015 for an election that’s 15 months way?

With so many candidates, where can you find the distinctive qualities of each one in a way that gives them the seriousness they deserve?

Right here:

Donald Trump said he would tab Sarah Palin for a top cabinet post if he was elected president. In response, Trump’s candidacy was immediately endorsed by the nation’s comedians, comedy writers, and editorial cartoonists.

Ben Carson said he doesn’t “really want to run” for president. We really don’t want you to run for president either.

Rand Paul said he supported his family’s opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act because it meant — and this was his quote — people couldn’t “have cigar bars anymore.” He really said that.

Rick Perry called the murders of nine blacks inside a Charleston, S.C., church an “accident.” This was a massacre. Perry is an accident.

Mike Huckabee does not accept evolution as a science. This is not surprising for someone who has spent so many years in GOP politics.

Mike Huckabee says that rapes, though “horrible tragedies,” have produced admirable human beings. He calls this “compassionate conservatism.”

Chris Christie puts the bully in bully pulpit.

Ted Cruz was not born in the United States. How can he run for president? Has anyone seen his birth certificate? What’s he hiding? He must be Kenyan and a Muslim. And a Socialist. And maybe even a Kardashian.

Marco Rubio gave up a promising career as a ventriloquist after learning while making a nationally televised speech that he could not talk and drink water at the same time.

Donald Trump says that global warming is real, but that it’s untouched by human hands. Like his hair.

As governor of Florida, Jeb Bush reportedly invested $ 1 million in state pension money to fund pornography films. Bush defended himself by saying he wanted to see people do to each other what his family has been doing to the American people for generations.

Rick Perry started wearing glasses to look smart. It hasn’t worked. He just looks like Rick Perry wearing glasses.

Jeb Bush told Fox News that, given the information he now has, he would have supported the invasion of Iraq. This means that George W. isn’t the dumbest Bush, and Rick Perry isn’t the dumbest person running for president.

Scott Walker is the only college dropout among the GOP candidates for president. Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee all graduated from college. How hard can it be?

John Kasich and Scott Walker hope to get elected president by attacking teachers. Why not? It worked so well in China, Iran, and Afghanistan.

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Here’s How People Really Feel About Their Marriage Proposals

 

Read this before planning a flash mob or jumbotron marriage proposal.

 New research out of the The University of Texas at Austin suggests that most people want a private proposal. And while they usually get what they want in that regard, people’s dream proposal is significantly more romantic than their actual proposal in many cases.

 Ph.D. candidates Liz Keneski and Taylor Anne Morgan surveyed nearly 400 newly-engaged and newly-married individuals to understand how they feel about their proposals, engagements and weddings

“What we know from previous research is that relationship transitions, or big changes during relationships, affect how partners view the relationship, how they treat one another, how their friends and family members might view the relationship, and how happy they are in the relationship,” Keneski said. “So we knew that studying engagements and wedding planning…would give us a more complete picture of how relationships grow and change over time.” 

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Woman In A Wheelchair Gives Powerful Response To A Rude Question About Her Sex Life

 

 

“I get a lot of questions from strangers who think that because my wheelchair puts me at a lower height, the walls surrounding my personal life must be lower too.” 

So begins Kelsey Warren’s riveting spoken word poem called “My Body.” As a disabled woman, Warren discusses the rude stares and even ruder questions she constantly receives. Although she says these run-of-the-mill intrusions don’t bother her any longer, she points out one question she recently received that really got under her skin: 

“So do you like let your partner have a side relationship so they can have normal sex every once in awhile?” 

“Honey,” she replies to the question in her performance. “If they’re with me, they’re not looking for normal and I don’t mean because I’m crippled.” 

Warren goes on to explain that her sex is exciting and comfortable and sensual — really anything but “normal” and that’s why it’s so good. “Sex with me is never normal,” she tells the crowd. “Cripple copulation may be slightly more complicated, but it is always climactic. Not once has someone that I had sex wit said my sex was less than.”

She proudly proclaims her body is beautiful. “This body wasn’t made to meet your definition of desirable,” Warren says. “This body doesn’t exist to be taken or left. This body is broken but it is beautiful.”

With her powerful delivery, Warren nears the end of the poem with a truth all women can heed: “My body will not be denied its worth. My body will keep the job of being my body, perfectly.”

 

 

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What My Pointer Dog Taught Me About Life and Happiness

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I have the tiniest German Shorthaired Pointer anyone knows of. Her name is Embry, and she is about thirty pounds (where the breed standard is about forty-five to sixty pounds for females) of pure love and snuggles. Her main goal in life is to get under the covers. Any covers. Do you have a towel laying around? She wants to get under that. A napkin? That’ll work.

She is a happy, grateful dog. For no other reason than being alive. Her main achievements in life revolve around getting bites of chicken, successfully forcing her way into the tiniest spots between two people, and taking intense naps in incredibly entertaining positions. Every day she teaches me how to be a better person, which is strange, with her being a dog and all.

Every morning, Embry FLIES out of her soft crate, almost breaking the zipper, jumps into our bed, and glues a very cold nose to either of our faces. “Hello parents! I am here! Rejoice!” she seems to be saying.

She is full of love and and forceful snuggling, and I can’t help but laugh. I used to ask her, “What are you so excited about?” but now I hug her and say, “I knooooowww, we are so happy for no reason! Let’s party!” A new day, new smells, naps, maybe new toys and treats, fresh laundry to roll around in, potty breaks, eating grass… the opportunities are endless and the world is her oyster.

We run downstairs, and she starts running in small circles wagging her little nub of a tail signaling she’s ready to go potty, one of the highlights of life, obviously. If I take too long getting to the door, she sends me one of her snorts that sound like a race horse at the track gate. Still half-asleep, I open the door to let her out and she does her business proudly. She runs back inside and grabs Dharma (her favorite toy, a blue dragon) by the head, and brings her to me as a trophy of a successful potty escapade. Thank you so much, I was really needing a slobbery stuffed animal rubbed against my leg. If only we could celebrate our small victories like that…

I sit down to eat and have my coffee, and the shameless begging begins. Dharma is long forgotten when there are potential treats at stake. She was my husband’s dog at first, but she has lived with me for three years now, and I have to admit I have completely ruined her. She sticks her entire GSP nose into my plate or bowl, and snorts again. Excuse you?! I tell her “no,” and she backs off daintily, just to fake politeness. “Sorry mama,” her raised paw says. Two seconds later, she tries again. “You persistent little nugget,” I tell her, shaking my head. I wish I could be that shameless in real life. Wait, but why can’t I? I should be as persistent as she is when there’s a lot more than chicken at stake…

The day goes on, and I sit down to write as she finds herself a little cozy spot in the living room, where she can monitor me. Sometimes she’s an independent woman and goes upstairs and puts herself in her crate. She doesn’t need company, she could use a little alone and quiet time to unwind from her busy morning of potty and begging. She didn’t even excuse herself, she just left. What life would be like if I could just say, “I just need to be alone in my crate today. Bye.” The freedom!

I take a break from work and go upstairs to do some chores. As I pick up the six thousand pillows and blankets to make the bed, I look over at her inside her crate. She’s under her blanket next to Dharma, watching me from the little fabric window. I try to remember why I decided I needed all of this stuff on my bed. Look at her, she has one blanket and she’s perfectly fine. She doesn’t even feel the need to put up some art in her crate. Why do I need so much to be happy?

I head back downstairs and start to do some laundry, where I find some of Dharma’s friends, Gerard and Madeleine, buried underneath the piles. All of it is covered in black and white hairs, including the clean laundry, which she prefers for napping. She follows me downstairs and I scold her a little for getting into the clean clothes. She’s embarrassed and sad about that for a moment, and looks up at me with “I’m-so-ashamed” eyes. Right, you don’t fool me missy.

I get back to work, and hook myself up to all my electronics: iPhone, laptop, iPad, remotes, earphones… you know, all the things crucial to my daily survival. Today, like most afternoons, after hours of looking at too many screens, I get overwhelmed and mentally over-stimulated. I look over at her and she’s sprawled out on the couch, not a worry in sight. Sigh. She’s already forgotten about the laundry, and perks up when she sees me watching her. I wish we knew how to forgive and forget that quickly.

I jump up closing my laptop, pull my earphones out, turn my phone off, throw on some running shoes and take her to the field across the street. I let her loose, and she runs in erratic circles, ears flapping in the wind, looking up at the sky. Forever hopeful, she is looking for potential birds she’s never going to catch. Every so often, she sees me across the field and runs towards me as fast as she can, skinny legs flying in every direction. I’m laughing and the sun is setting, and I wonder why I get so caught up with “life” every day. She doesn’t care if she looks cute, or if she should post this adorable moment on her Instagram. She lives in the moment, and she chooses to be happy with whatever she’s got. She is grateful for the smallest of things, like the freshly cut grass and the warmth of the sun, and now I am too.

Find me and #EmbryTheGoat on Instagram!

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Kendrick Lamar To Geraldo Rivera: ‘How Can You Take A Song That’s About Hope And Turn It Into Hatred?’

Kendrick Lamar’s opening performance of his new single “Alright” at this year’s annual BET Awards sparked some debate over at Fox News last week.

During a June 29 episode of Fox News’ “The Five” co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Eric Bolling, and Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera took aim at Lamar’s performance, saying that the song’s lyrics are “not helpful at all” in improving police relations in the black community.

Rivera stated:

“This is why I say that hip-hop has done more damage to young African-Americans than racism in recent years. This is exactly the wrong message. And then to conflate what happened in the church in Charleston, South Carolina with the tragic incidents involving excessive use of force by cops is to equate that racist killer with these cops. It’s so wrong. It’s so counterproductive. It gives exactly the wrong message.”

Rivera’s claim that Lamar “conflates” police violence and the June 17 massacre of nine black Americans by a white gunman misrepresents “Alright,” which appears on Lamar’s sophomore album “To Pimp A Butterfly” released in March. Following Rivera’s comments, Lamar responded during an interview with TMZ Live in which he clarified the song’s message.

“How can you take a song that’s about hope and turn it into hatred?” he said. “The message, the overall message [of ’Alright’], is, ’We gon’ be alright.’ It’s not a message of ‘I want to kill people.’”

After asked by TMZ Live host, Harvey Levin if the symbol of Lamar performing on top of a vandalized cop car validates Rivera’s claim of “sending the wrong message,” Lamar said the problem has more to do with the reality of the police killings and than his BET Awards performance.

“I think his attempt is really diluting the real problem, which is the senseless acts of killings of these young boys out here. And I think for the most part, it’s avoiding the truth,” the Grammy Award-winner said. “This is reality. This is my world. This is what I talk about in my music. You can’t dilute that.”

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Lamar went on to explain how he hopes to influence change among young people through his music.

“Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation…This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner.”

Check out more of Kendrick Lamar’s interview in the clip above, and his BET Award performance below.

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Announcement: Your new style crush has arrived. As the little sister of fashion stars Mary-Kate and Ashley, Elizabeth Olsen has consistently proved that beyond being a seriously impressive actress, she knows her way around a red-carpet winner. Clearly, style runs in the family.

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For this weekend’s launch of Miu Miu‘s first fragrance, the starlet chose a bibbed romper from the fashion house, accessorized by chunky silver platforms.

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When Avengers: Age of Ultron premiered in Tokyo, Elizabeth went super-glam in a black Christian Dior gown. The raised hemline showed off her heels (also by Dior), and the simple scoop neck was accented by white gold and diamond jewelry from the house.

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When Elizabeth premiered the latest Avengers flick in LA, she walked the carpet in what looked like a basic t-shirt and maxi skirt. In reality, it’s a chic color-block dress from Galvan (that’s currently on sale for 50% off).

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Here’s What I Have to Say About Your F***ing Neck Tattoo

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My name is Lori Leven. I own New York Adorned, a tattoo shop in the East Village that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next July. Over the years, Adorned has been home to several of the greatest tattooers working today. Being in the tattoo business for this amount of time and being a tattoo collector personally for even longer, I would like to relay my experiences. 

A few weeks ago, a blogger from Millihelen came into the shop on a busy Saturday looking to get her daughter’s name tattooed on her neck. After explaining to her that we do not tattoo the necks, hands or faces of people who are not heavily tattooed otherwise, she left very upset, questioning our right to tell her what to do with her body.

Hand, neck and face tattoos on lightly or untattooed people has forever been a discussion in the tattoo industry. Many tattooers feel that tattooing these areas is ethically questionable and in fact they are commonly called “Job Stoppers.” Of course, it is not my position to tell someone what to do with their body — but that does not negate the fact that there are social ramifications to having visible tattoos that you are not able to hide. Tattooers also should have the right to have our own professional standards and turn down work that they are not comfortable with.

It is true that having a few small tattoos generally gets no response from today’s public. But get that little tattoo on your hand and shake the hand of the co-op board president who is deciding if you’re right for their building, or the hand of the Admissions Director when you’re trying to get little Goldie into Spence or Dalton, and you will quickly see what it feels like to realize that you are no longer on an equal playing field. These are the complications we are thinking about when we decline to tattoo your neck.

I have never sat for a job interview in my adult life. I live in a bubble called the East Village and will never have to attend a PTA meeting. Yet I can can tell you with 100 percent certainty that there have been several times in my life and career that I have had to climb out of a “tattoo judgement hole” to get to ground zero when dealing with people such as loan officers, landlords and potential mother-in-laws. There have unfortunately been people who do not want to look beyond my skin and who think I am not as smart or worthy because of the tattoo work that they see on me. I’ve always felt strongly that it is not necessary to conform to society’s expectations if they do not work for me, and in having my own neck and hands tattooed I can see where a feeling of hypocrisy could be felt. It obviously would be best if each person was judged on their individual merit, but we do not live in this utopia. Therefore, I set this policy in my tattoo shop.

Tattooers are artists, the medium is skin, that is already a big enough responsibility. Tattooers do not take their profession lightly and we ask that our clients do the same. Remember! It is a permanent change to your appearance that will alter both your life and experiences. As professionals, our advice has your best interest at heart. We will only be with you for a short time, but the work we create will be with you forever. Please choose wisely.

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Here’s What I Have to Say About Your F***ing Neck Tattoo

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New York Adorned

My name is Lori Leven. I own New York Adorned, a tattoo shop in the East Village that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next July. Over the years, Adorned has been home to several of the greatest tattooers working today. Being in the tattoo business for this amount of time and being a tattoo collector personally for even longer, I would like to relay my experiences. 

A few weeks ago, a blogger from Millihelen came into the shop on a busy Saturday looking to get her daughter’s name tattooed on her neck. After explaining to her that we do not tattoo the necks, hands or faces of people who are not heavily tattooed otherwise, she left very upset, questioning our right to tell her what to do with her body.

Hand, neck and face tattoos on lightly or untattooed people has forever been a discussion in the tattoo industry. Many tattooers feel that tattooing these areas is ethically questionable and in fact they are commonly called “Job Stoppers.” Of course, it is not my position to tell someone what to do with their body — but that does not negate the fact that there are social ramifications to having visible tattoos that you are not able to hide. Tattooers also should have the right to have our own professional standards and turn down work that they are not comfortable with.

It is true that having a few small tattoos generally gets no response from today’s public. But get that little tattoo on your hand and shake the hand of the co-op board president who is deciding if you’re right for their building, or the hand of the Admissions Director when you’re trying to get little Goldie into Spence or Dalton, and you will quickly see what it feels like to realize that you are no longer on an equal playing field. These are the complications we are thinking about when we decline to tattoo your neck.

I have never sat for a job interview in my adult life. I live in a bubble called the East Village and will never have to attend a PTA meeting. Yet I can can tell you with 100 percent certainty that there have been several times in my life and career that I have had to climb out of a “tattoo judgement hole” to get to ground zero when dealing with people such as loan officers, landlords and potential mother-in-laws. There have unfortunately been people who do not want to look beyond my skin and who think I am not as smart or worthy because of the tattoo work that they see on me. I’ve always felt strongly that it is not necessary to conform to society’s expectations if they do not work for me, and in having my own neck and hands tattooed I can see where a feeling of hypocrisy could be felt. It obviously would be best if each person was judged on their individual merit, but we do not live in this utopia. Therefore, I set this policy in my tattoo shop.

Tattooers are artists, the medium is skin, that is already a big enough responsibility. Tattooers do not take their profession lightly and we ask that our clients do the same. Remember! It is a permanent change to your appearance that will alter both your life and experiences. As professionals, our advice has your best interest at heart. We will only be with you for a short time, but the work we create will be with you forever. Please choose wisely.

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How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A Stanford University study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that walking in nature reduces rumination — the type of obsessive negative thinking and self-criticism that plays a central role in depression and anxiety disorders.

“Cities are known for higher levels of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia,” study co-author Greg Bratman, a doctoral student at the university’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, told The Huffington Post in an email. “While the underlying causes are doubtless complex and multifaceted, our findings and those of others highlight the benefits of nature experience.”

Take a hike. For the study, the researchers asked 38 mostly healthy men and women to answer questions about their tendency to ruminate, and had them undergo brain scans measuring activity of a particular brain region that tends to light up during this type of thinking. Then, each participant went on a 90-minute walk in either a green space or an urban area.

After walking in nature, participants reported experiencing less rumination, and brain scans revealed less activity in brain regions associated with repetitive negative thinking. Walking through an urban areas, however, had no effect on rumination.

The findings suggest that spending time in nature may improve improve mental well-being by warding off stress and negative thinking.

“Nature experience may help ‘buffer’ against the stressors of urban life, and might thereby contribute to a lowered risk factor for the onset of depression,” Bratman said.

Sadness and the city. If you live in a fast-paced city, you don’t have move to the country or plan a camping trip to improve your well-being — spending time in your city’s parks can still be beneficial. A 2013 British study found that walking through urban green spaces can put the brain into a state of meditation.

By bringing more pockets of nature into cities — whether on rooftops, in empty lots or even along old railroad tracks — urban planners and policymakers can help improve the mental health of their inhabitants.

“City planners are starting to take account of mental health, in addition to all the other values of nature,” Bratman said. “It’s important to incorporate these ‘psychological ecosystem services’ into urban design, to help bring nature to the city, and to improve easy access to these landscapes and nature experience.”

It’s an issue that will only continue to become more pressing. Today, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and that number is only growing. By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, and many of those people will have little to no contact with nature, Bratman noted.

“We’re in a unique moment in human history,” he said. “Never before have so many people lived in cities, and never before have people been so disconnected from the natural world.”

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How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A Stanford University study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that walking in nature reduces rumination — the type of obsessive negative thinking and self-criticism that plays a central role in depression and anxiety disorders.

“Cities are known for higher levels of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia,” study co-author Greg Bratman, a doctoral student at the university’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, told The Huffington Post in an email. “While the underlying causes are doubtless complex and multifaceted, our findings and those of others highlight the benefits of nature experience.”

Take a hike. For the study, the researchers asked 38 mostly healthy men and women to answer questions about their tendency to ruminate, and had them undergo brain scans measuring activity of a particular brain region that tends to light up during this type of thinking. Then, each participant went on a 90-minute walk in either a green space or an urban area.

After walking in nature, participants reported experiencing less rumination, and brain scans revealed less activity in brain regions associated with repetitive negative thinking. Walking through an urban areas, however, had no effect on rumination.

The findings suggest that spending time in nature may improve improve mental well-being by warding off stress and negative thinking.

“Nature experience may help ‘buffer’ against the stressors of urban life, and might thereby contribute to a lowered risk factor for the onset of depression,” Bratman said.

Sadness and the city. If you live in a fast-paced city, you don’t have move to the country or plan a camping trip to improve your well-being — spending time in your city’s parks can still be beneficial. A 2013 British study found that walking through urban green spaces can put the brain into a state of meditation.

By bringing more pockets of nature into cities — whether on rooftops, in empty lots or even along old railroad tracks — urban planners and policymakers can help improve the mental health of their inhabitants.

“City planners are starting to take account of mental health, in addition to all the other values of nature,” Bratman said. “It’s important to incorporate these ‘psychological ecosystem services’ into urban design, to help bring nature to the city, and to improve easy access to these landscapes and nature experience.”

It’s an issue that will only continue to become more pressing. Today, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and that number is only growing. By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, and many of those people will have little to no contact with nature, Bratman noted.

“We’re in a unique moment in human history,” he said. “Never before have so many people lived in cities, and never before have people been so disconnected from the natural world.”

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How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A Stanford University study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that walking in nature reduces rumination — the type of obsessive negative thinking and self-criticism that plays a central role in depression and anxiety disorders.

“Cities are known for higher levels of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia,” study co-author Greg Bratman, a doctoral student at the university’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, told The Huffington Post in an email. “While the underlying causes are doubtless complex and multifaceted, our findings and those of others highlight the benefits of nature experience.”

Take a hike. For the study, the researchers asked 38 mostly healthy men and women to answer questions about their tendency to ruminate, and had them undergo brain scans measuring activity of a particular brain region that tends to light up during this type of thinking. Then, each participant went on a 90-minute walk in either a green space or an urban area.

After walking in nature, participants reported experiencing less rumination, and brain scans revealed less activity in brain regions associated with repetitive negative thinking. Walking through an urban areas, however, had no effect on rumination.

The findings suggest that spending time in nature may improve improve mental well-being by warding off stress and negative thinking.

“Nature experience may help ‘buffer’ against the stressors of urban life, and might thereby contribute to a lowered risk factor for the onset of depression,” Bratman said.

Sadness and the city. If you live in a fast-paced city, you don’t have move to the country or plan a camping trip to improve your well-being — spending time in your city’s parks can still be beneficial. A 2013 British study found that walking through urban green spaces can put the brain into a state of meditation.

By bringing more pockets of nature into cities — whether on rooftops, in empty lots or even along old railroad tracks — urban planners and policymakers can help improve the mental health of their inhabitants.

“City planners are starting to take account of mental health, in addition to all the other values of nature,” Bratman said. “It’s important to incorporate these ‘psychological ecosystem services’ into urban design, to help bring nature to the city, and to improve easy access to these landscapes and nature experience.”

It’s an issue that will only continue to become more pressing. Today, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and that number is only growing. By 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, and many of those people will have little to no contact with nature, Bratman noted.

“We’re in a unique moment in human history,” he said. “Never before have so many people lived in cities, and never before have people been so disconnected from the natural world.”

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Blogger Takes Off Her Makeup To Reveal The Ugly Truth About Online Harassment

 

You look disgusting.  

That’s the title of beauty blogger Em Ford’s latest YouTube video, a three-minute feature that’s about far more than lipstick and mascara.

 Ford, a 20-something from London who suffers from adult acne, has been posting photos of herself without makeup for the past three months. In the video, she washes off her makeup to highlight the disturbing online harassment she faces. She includes a smattering of the horrible comments she receives on social media daily, like “ugly,” “revolting,” and “I can’t even look at her.” 

She decided to share the video in an attempt to challenge societal preconceptions of beauty. 

“Over the past few months, I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self confidence issues,” she wrote on her blog, My Pale Skin. “I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men. One challenge many face today, is that as a society, we’re so used to seeing false images of perfection, and comparing ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards that It can be hard to remember the most important thing — You ARE beautiful.”

The video has racked up over 400,000 views since it was posted on Wednesday.  

 

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Jack Nicklaus 232 Success Facts – Everything you need to know about Jack Nicklaus

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A really wonderful Jack Nicklaus book! This book is your ultimate resource for Jack Nicklaus. Here you will find the most up-to-date 232 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Jack Nicklaus’s Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Greg Norman – First major and the Norman Slam season: 1986, Jack Nicklaus – Golf computer games, Woodrow Wilson Awards – Corporate citizenship, Farmers Insurance Open – Records and trivia, Jack Grout – Golf philosophy, Lincoln Town Car – Features and changes, Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic – Multiple winners, List of golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, International Jaycee Junior Golf Tournament, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame – Inductees, 1977 Ryder Cup – Teams, K.J. Choi – Professional career, Gardner Dickinson, Arizona Beverage Company – Juice, Buck O’Neil – Presidential Medal of Freedom, Jimmy Roberts – Other work, Jack Nicklaus 4 – Legacy, Nick Faldo – Early years, 2000 Open Championship, Tom Watson (golfer) – 1990-2014, Tiger Woods – Professional career, ESPN on ABC – Analysts, Arnold Palmer – Legacy, Phil Mickelson – 2012, Dave Thomas (golfer) – Career, List of PGA Championship champions, 1983 Ryder Cup – Teams, Neiman Marcus – His and Hers Fantasy gifts, PGA Tour – Multiple Player of the Year Awards, John Glenn – Personal life, List of World Number One male golfers – Earlier Number Ones, Bob Jones Award – Winners, Tony Lema – PGA Tour, Walter Hagen, Ohio State University – Alumni, 1973 Ryder Cup – Teams, Gary Player – Legacy, Lee Trevino – Professional career, Gay Brewer, Cherry Hills Country Club – USGA championships, and much more.

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Exclusive: This Documentary on Plus-Size Models Will Change the Way You Think About Your Body

Plus-size fashion is having more than a moment, it’s on the brink of a revolution—and models are taking on a leading role.

From Ashley Graham‘s Sports Illustrated ad to Candice Huffine‘s Pirelli Calendar slot, the community has been on the fashion industry’s lips all year. In the midst of such pronounced media attention, producer and former model Jessica Lewis is getting ready to debut Straight/Curve, a documentary that delves into the world of plus-size modeling.

“This generation of models is ready to usher in a new definition of beauty—one that is all inclusive and supports positive body ideals and self acceptance,” said Lewis, who has spent over 15 years as a straight-size and plus-size model. “The fashion industry needs to be reflective and representative of the diversity that exists in present day society.”

Straight/Curve, set to release next summer, aims to examine and redefine the beauty standards put forth by the fashion industry, as they relate to the plus-size fashion. Most importantly, it will be talking about issues often pushed aside. Multiple people will be speaking about sample sizes and how adding a size 14 into circulation will help get diversely sized models in magazines. Agents will be talking about their move towards eliminating plus-size boards and placing all models together. Models will be talking about making plus-size inclusion a non-event in the media.

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Clockwise from top left: Eva Kay, Natalie Torres, Jessica Lewis, Sarah Hartshorne, and Sabina Karlsson being interviewed for Straight/Curve.

The film is the most insider look at the industry so far, going behind the scenes of New York’s plus-size fashion industry, with a focus on top models, agents, clients, and photographers. The trailer is already loaded with power players, but there are some top models being kept a surprise… So far, we know it will follow industry influencers, including Kate Dillon, Sophie T. Simmons, and Jennie Runk, among others (including this Glamour writer!).

Overall, Straight/Curve aims to expose the complex relationship between the fashion industry, mainstream media, and body image in society. “When, how, and why did size zero become the norm when two thirds of women are considered ‘plus-size’ sitting between a size 10 to 14?” Director Jenny McQuaile told Glamour. “Our documentary will examine this question. There’s always been a complex relationship between the fashion industry, the media, and body image and we’re finally making a film that will investigate that.”

Here’s en exclusive look at the trailer:

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Iggy Azalea Stirs Up Controversy Over Tweets About Her Britney Spears Collab, ‘Pretty Girls’

Iggy Azalea doesn’t seem too happy with Britney Spears over the success, or lack thereof, of their track, “Pretty Girls.”

During a Twitter Q&A session on Sunday, Azalea appeared to throw shade at Spears over the minimal promotion of their duet, which dropped in May and peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

The rapper’s remarks about the duet came after a Twitter user posted: “Even if PG flopped a little bit still getting a lot of views on YT and it’s the summer anthem of 2015, so whatever we love you.” 

When a pop music fan board shared Azalea’s tweets and accused her of shading Spears, the Australia native shot back. 

She then called out the press for skewing her comments. 

Last month, at the Billboard Music Awards Azalea gushed about getting to work with the pop star. 

“It’s not something that I ever anticipated happening … And I didn’t know I’d end up making such a crossover mesh of pop and rap where that would be a collaboration that would be possible,” she said. “In the last two years I kind of transitioned my style so much to where that could be plausible. So I didn’t when I was younger, but it’s really quite surreal.”

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26 Same-Sex Couples Who Couldn’t Be More Excited About Saying ‘I Do’

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Amy Schumer Denies She Has A ‘Blind Spot’ About Race On Twitter

Amy Schumer took to Twitter Sunday morning to defend the way she treats race in her comedy.

“I am a comic,” Schumer wrote. “I will joke about things you like and I will joke about things you aren’t comfortable with.”

The post appears to be a response to a Guardian article published early Sunday morning that said Schumer has “a shockingly large blind spot around race” despite her large body of feminist work.

From The Guardian:

“Schumer’s stand-up repeatedly delves into racial territory tactlessly and with no apparent larger point. Her standup special features jokes like “Nothing works 100% of the time, except Mexicans” and much of her character’s dumb slut persona is predicated on the fact that the men she sleeps with are people of colour. “I used to date Latino guys,” she says in an older stand-up routine. “Now I prefer consensual.”

Schumer’s response didn’t mention the Guardian article directly, but said: “You can call it a ‘blind spot for racism’ or ‘lazy’ but you are wrong.”

The Guardian isn’t the first to take issue with the way the comic approaches race. A Daily Dot article published last week made similar claims. Schumer also drew criticism for a joke she made about “Gone Girl” and Latinas while hosting the 2015 MTV Movie Awards in April.

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The Office Sex Forum – Volume II Bundle (Four Stories about Endless Debauchery in the Office)

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26 Same-Sex Couples Who Couldn’t Be More Excited About Saying ‘I Do’

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The Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide on Friday was cause for celebration all across the country. Here at The Huffington Post, we decided to commemorate this historical day by rounding up some of the best same-sex wedding photos we could find.

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All The Celebrities Who Are Thrilled About the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage

Love wins! The Supreme Court handed down a decision that legalizes marriage for same-sex couples—and Hollywood is THRILLED. Here are all the celebs who are celebrating on social media. (Come back for updates as the…




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3 Fascinating Things About Queen Maxima’s Stunning Pearl Tiara

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The Netherlands’ Queen Maxima stepped out last night in a lacy, marigold-colo off-the-shoulder Valentino gown accessorized with the world’s most prestigious extra: a gorgeous, crazy glamorous tiara. This one is commonly known as the Württemberg Tiara, and, no surprise, it has a lot of history in the royal fam.

The common name is a misnomer. The name it typically goes by reflects the fact that it was long thought to have been a wedding gift to Princess Sophie of Württemberg when she married into the Dutch royal family in 1839. However, pics found later showed that it was created for Queen Wilhelmina in 1897 by the royal family’s official jeweler, Royal Begeer.

The top pearl drops are detachable. Love an accessory that can be worn multiple ways!

It was a former queen’s favorite. Queen Maxima’s mother-in-law, former Queen Beatrix, wore the tiara when she was married in 1966 and the night before she abdicated the throne, in 2013.

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Maxima wore the piece to the gala dinner for the members of the Corps Diplomatique that happened in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

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26 Same-Sex Couples Who Couldn’t Be More Excited About Saying ‘I Do’

Love wins!

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8 Things to Know About Tom Holland, the Super-Cute New Spider-Man

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‘Tanorexia’ Is Real and I Lived to Tell About It

I remember the day so vividly. It was the summer after my junior year of college and I was working at a summer camp in Michigan.

I called my parents in Florida just to say “Hi” and let them know how camp was going, when my mom got very serious and said, “We got the biopsy results back from the Dermatologist. You have Melanoma.”

I was in complete shock. Who gets skin cancer at 19 years old?!

Flashback to Pre-Diagnosis

The week before leaving for camp that summer, I was in the kitchen getting a snack, wearing my colorful striped bikini (which I practically lived in), and my mom pointed out that I had a large dark mole on my back. I didn’t think much of it because I had freckles and moles all over my body…what’s another one? But, she insisted that I get it looked at because the color was “odd.”

I’m actually really surprised I took her advice because I hate going to doctors and I was a kid who thought she was invincible. But, I went to the dermatologist, had a biopsy done on the “odd looking mole” on my back and didn’t think a thing of it until I got the news a week later.

After the initial shock wore off, I was scared. I knew cancer was serious and I knew Melanoma was bad. I had just lost an aunt and grandmother from cancer and it sickened me at the thought that I had the nasty disease in my body that had taken their lives.

The worst part about the situation was that it was my own fault.

I can’t say that I did anything to protect myself from Melanoma. In fact, I did the opposite.

My Tanning Addiction

I grew up loving the outdoors and being in the sun. As a kid, it was just about having fun. As a teenager, it became more about vanity. I had always been known as the “tan girl” and I thought I looked prettier and skinnier when I was tan. With Indian skin, sandy blonde hair, light eyes, and skin that browned easily, I wanted nothing more than to stay tan all year.

Living in Florida made it easy. I practically lived outside in our family pool or at the beach with friends. Instead of sunscreen, I used baby oil to get my skin even darker. I liked the way tanning made me look and feel.

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Facing Melanoma

When I returned from camp a few weeks after my Melanoma diagnosis, I went in for surgery to have the cancer removed. I was terrified, but I remember acting like it was no big deal because I knew my parents were even more terrified than I was. I didn’t want them to be scared.

After the surgery was successful at removing all the Melanoma, I was left with a large scar across my back. As a 19-year old girl I was self-conscious about the scar, but not enough to keep me from jumping right back into my bathing suit and heading for the beach a few weeks later.

You’d think that after my diagnosis I would immediately change all my tanning habits, but it didn’t happen that way.

Even though I was more aware of my fragile skin, I still wanted to be tan. I would see all my friends getting tan and I would be jealous. I would lay out in my backyard just to try to “stay in the game” and get a little color.

The only difference between pre-melanoma Lindsey and post-melanoma Lindsey was that I would put sunscreen on occasionally, but really only on what I thought were the fragile parts of my body, like my face, chest, and shoulders. Never once did I put sunscreen on my legs because I was determined to have year-round tan legs as always.

This behavior went on for several years. Then one day I heard something on the radio that struck a nerve.

They were discussing something called “tanorexia.”

“Tanorexia” means that you are addicted to tanning. And it’s not a joke. “Tanorexics” are literally addicted to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Studies have shown that frequent UV exposure produces endorphins, or the pleasure chemical in the brain. The same chemical that is produced after heroin use.

When frequent tanners are given endorphin blockers, they have been shown to experience withdrawal symptoms similar to what is experienced during drug addiction recovery, including nausea, vomiting, and shaking.

The term “tanorexic” started as a laugh in 2000 when writer David Sedaris was describing his extremely tan sister in his memoir Me Talk Pretty One Day. Now “tanorexia” is becoming more commonly used, and it is no laughing matter. Come to find out that 70 percent of “tanorexics” are Caucasian women between the ages of 16 and 49.

That was me. I was a “tanorexic.”

It wasn’t until after my second, third, fourth biopsy that I began to understand the consequences of my behaviors. I was putting my life at risk.

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I can’t say that a lightbulb came on and I changed all my tanning ways. It took effort to stop tanning, and it still does at times. I will see pictures of myself when I was tan and wish I looked that way again.

One way I believe I cope with my tanning addiction is by turning to exercise. Not only does exercise make me feel better about my body (which tanning did for me previously), but exercise gives me that (healthy) endorphin rush that I was so addicted to with tanning. It has been a coping mechanism for me as I continue to recover from my tanning addiction.

I have also drastically changed my lifestyle. I don’t live in Florida anymore and am not tempted daily by the beaches and hot sun. But, you won’t find me hiding inside. I still love the outdoors and make every attempt to enjoy the outdoors daily, but I do so with skin protection.

As more research is being done about tanning addiction, more evidence is showing that it is likely a behavioral addiction, much like gambling. Tanning addiction may not be as severe as drug addiction, but there is a lot of debate about whether to include it in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a true behavioral addiction.

I have lived and survived through “tanorexia” and I know it to be real.

I think that the beauty trend of “having a tan glow” is pushing people towards unhealthy tanning practices that can lead to “tanorexia.” Instead, we should be promoting healthy beauty standards of naturally fair skin and help save lives. One way to do this is by educating people on the dangers of tanning and by promoting the use of sunscreen, as well as other methods of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays.

I was lucky enough to survive Melanoma this time, but many people do not survive. One person dies of Melanoma every hour. Don’t let that be you.

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Mom’s Honest, Inspiring Response To Comments About Her ‘Perfect’ Body

Mom and musician Kimberly Henderson gained a following back in December after her gorgeous lullaby cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” went viral.

Seven months and countless media appearances later, Henderson is back in the spotlight for a different reason. On June 19, the mother of four shared a selfie that shows off her “imperfect” stomach — stretch marks and all.

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“I decided to upload this pic and leave my belly ‘unedited’ ‘unphotoshopped’ because I used to struggle with accepting my body after kids,” she wrote in the caption. “I used to have a six pack before my babies.. And now even though I work out I know its not going to make my loose skin tight.. Or my stretch marks disappear ever lol and I’m ok with that because everyday I get to wake up to four beautiful smiling faces and I’m reminded that they are worth this flabby belly and they are worth these stretch marks.”

Henderson also opened up about her body image struggles as a young mom comparing herself to other girls her age. “I’m not trying to say I have it worse than anyone else,” she said, adding that she just wanted to share an empowering message with her fellow moms: “[Y]our body is beautiful… BECAUSE we ARE moms and we ARE superheroes and we freakin ROCK and in my opinion that is sexier than any six pack!”

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Facebook post had over 110,000 likes and thousands of comments. Henderson told The Huffington Post that she was touched by the large influx of positive comments, especially seeing “so many women and MEN lifting each other up about their bodies,” she said.

The musician said she was inspired to post the photo in response to the many comments she often receives from fans and friends about how “perfect” her post-baby body was. “Because of my thin figure people don’t think I have imperfections or insecurities,” she told HuffPost. “I wanted to show other women that I am just like them — stretch marks, loose skin.”

“I can embrace that because to me being sexy is being confident in your own skin,” she continued. “A mother’s body is beautiful and we all have insecurities.”

After years of struggling with body image and refusing to wear anything but a one-piece bathing suit to the beach, Henderson said she’s finally reached a point of being content with her appearance. “I realized that being ‘perfect’ is being imperfect. I wanted to empower other women to do the same!” And, she added, she now proudly wears bikinis. “If I hide [my stomach] that means I’m ashamed and I have nothing to be ashamed about.”

The singer, who will be going to London, Los Angeles, Nashville to work on new music this summer, hopes she can help her fans feel more confident as a show of gratitude for all the support they’ve shown her as she pursues her dreams in the music world. “And I hope I can be someone REAL they can look up to as an musical artist, a mother and a person.”

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“It’s About Time – Baby is Brewing” Teapot Timer

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Lady Gaga’s Adorable Dog Is About to Become a Major Fashion Star

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Lady Gaga and Miss Asia Kinney

Lady Gaga is certainly no stranger to the limelight, but she doesn’t mind sharing it every now and again—especially when it comes to sharing it with her beyond-cute French bulldog, Miss Asia Kinney.

As such, the fabulous Miss Asia has some big fashion news of her own today: She’s the star of Coach’s new ad campaign. Called Coach Pups, it will feature other famous dogs, including Ariana Grande’s beagle-Chihuahua, Toulouse.

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Miss Asia Kinney in Coach’s new campaign.

The campaign was shot by esteemed fashion photographer Steven Meisel, who often shoots Gaga herself for the likes of Vanity Fair and Vogue. It features Miss Asia modeling the Edie and Rucksack handbags.

“I am so proud of Miss Asia!” said Gaga in a statement. “She’s a natural in front of the camera, and we’re both so excited that the iconic Steven Meisel shot her for Coach’s pup campaign! I really love getting to watch my best friend be a star.”

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What About Our Basic Goodness?

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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about basic goodness as our moral power.

We all have the choice to take actions that support and protect life or hurt, harm and take it.

Our actions are not in a vacuum.

So the ways we interact with and talk to our friends, families, colleagues and strangers build a social context in which exclusion, scapegoating, bullying, or harmful words and actions are possible or one where including, resolving conflict, listening, being supportive, inspiring growth through words and actions are shared.

You know, I have to believe we all come in with a basic goodness. I know this is a debate. But whether or not it’s true is far less interesting to me than what we do with our gifts and our goodness, what we do with our fear, anger and suffering.

In my experience I’ve seen it’s circumstances of suffering that cause people to harm others. I’ve seen this in myself when I’ve snapped at my son because I’m overwhelmed and irritated.

Passing on our suffering is an old story. It’s out of the common playbook of human games, often outdated and irresponsible habits. If those old mechanisms of defense and attack have outlived their usefulness perhaps it’s time to let them go as much and often as we can.

What events in Charleston and across the nation are showing us is that we can and need to take more responsibility for our actions.

What we are looking at is the need for massive perceptual change within ourselves and our nation.

Things like changing a context that allows for hate by upholding this petition that supports the removal of racist iconography and asks us as a country to stop telling a story that oppresses some at the expense of pleasing others.

But it’s not just Confederate flag wavers.

If it’s not in service of the growth of our love and inclusiveness it’s no longer useful.

It’s everyday actions and conversations with friends and family. It’s allowing ourselves to feel wrenching horror of tragedies like Tamir Rice or the families of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the pain of our sisters and brothers who might or might not look like us but who are part of our human family.

Because I’m clear about this:

The end of racism and systems of institutional oppression are not going to be ended from out there.

The change is not coming from out there only, but also from In Here.

“Hatred does not cease by hatred. Only by love alone is conquered. This is an ancient and eternal law.” — Dhammapada, 483 B.C.E.

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I feel very humble and certainly don’t have many answers. Here are a few things I’m going to try:

1. Reminding myself of our own and other people’s basic goodness every day.

2. Doing things to cultivate basic goodness, basic caring every day. Feeling into the simple things that bring joy.

3. Cultivating compassion. Remembering we don’t know that strangers story. We don’t know their suffering. But there’s a good chance that if we asked, and listened, we’d see some echo of our own.

4. Holding ourselves responsible for our own suffering. And acting responsibly to heal whatever we can.

5. Holding ourselves responsible for our neighbors suffering as well. Listening, sharing, doing what we can. Extending basic human kindness. Practicing our inherent goodness.

6. Taking anti-racist actions, learning and educating myself and others.

7. Doing every action we are capable of to create a culture of Inclusion and love rather than exclusion and fear.

The aim of so many great teachings, and the yoga teachings are no exception, is unity and oneness. Ahimsa, one of the Yamas, or yogic codes of ethical conduct, invites us to practice this kind of radical healing within ourselves and in the world.

These are a few ways we can take our yoga off the mat and share our goodness with a world that so desperately needs it.

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What ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Gets Right About Depression

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When I saw Brook Soso start to fall apart on Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I knew exactly what was happening to her. Her constant feelings of isolation and loneliness; the inescapable fear that no one likes her or cares about her; that desperate look in her eyes crying out for help and attention. I know, because I’ve suffered from depression on and off since I was a child. And I know because, like Soso’s character, I’ve also been locked in an institution and forced to deal with mental illness without the support that I needed.

Before this season, Soso wasn’t a major character on the show. She was portrayed as a fairly one-dimensional, loud-mouthed hippie who no one — including viewers — particularly liked. But Orange is the New Black loves to turn our first impressions on their heads and offer surprising depth to formerly irritating characters.

We soon see that Soso is having trouble fitting in because of her constant need to talk. She’s rejected by people she thought were her friends and gets ignored or teased by the others she reaches out to. Loneliness and depression often go hand-in-hand. For Soto, the unfulfilled need and desire for human connection became so great that it brought on a bout of clinical depression that engulfed everything. The hopelessness of being in prison certainly didn’t help, either.

Seeing Soso curled up in her bed, staring at the wall, reminded me of all the days and nights that I did the same thing. I tried so hard to make friends during the time I spent in a psychiatric hospital when I was 15. I was there because I was suffering from severe clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

But like Soso, I couldn’t quite connect with the people around me. I got teased constantly and was told by several patients that no one liked me. Even the nurses got tired of my constant crying and sadness. The more I was rejected, the worse I felt, and the less everyone liked and cared about me.

The pain of that kind of rejection, especially by the people you think will understand you, is overwhelming. Depression can take a hold of you, and without the right support, lead to thoughts of suicide. Being trapped in a locked ward, not knowing when you’ll have a life again and when you’ll have opportunities for connection beyond the people locked in there with you, can make it so much worse.

In response to Soso’s admission that she’s feeling depressed, Sam Healy, her prison counselor, tells her: “People aren’t gonna want to be friends with you if you’re moping around because sad people are depressing, right?”

Unfortunately, he does have a point, but that’s not exactly the most helpful thing to tell someone who’s struggling with clinical depression. He then says that the secret to depression is that it’s “all in your head” and sends her off to get a prescription for anti-depressants.

Although Healy seems to genuinely want to help her, his character also genuinely misunderstands how to communicate with someone suffering from depression. Plus, in real life, he’d mostly likely just be doing what he was taught to do. Institutions often don’t have the time or resources to spend on psychological issues that they mistakenly believe can be numbed out or glossed over with medication. And this isn’t a problem unique to prisons. My psychiatric ward psychiatrist treated me the same exact way.

When I was in the psych ward, I wish I’d had someone who understood me like Berdie Rogers, the new counselor in the prison. She advocates for Soso and tells Healy it’s not a good idea to jump right to medication without talking out the problem. When he defends his decision to tell Soso that depression is all in her head, Berdie says: “When someone’s feeling vulnerable, they need their pain acknowledged, not to be made to feel worse by having it.”

Berdie reminds me of the best therapists I’ve had, the ones who didn’t belittle me or my emotions, but made me feel seen and understood. Instead of being dismissive, she’s sympathetic. She gets what depression is and how it feels.

Unfortunately, Healy has it out for Berdie and gets her suspended later in the season. Soso has no one to help her when the depression takes a turn for the worse. She asks Healy for another anti-depressant referral, which in itself is not a bad or weak thing. Anti-depressants can help a lot of people who suffer from clinical depression. I myself took them during my hospital stay and for many years after. But they can’t solve underlying problems, which for Soso is her desperate need for friendship.

Luckily, Soso has someone else looking out for her. Fellow prisoner Poussey Washington is also lonely and unsure of where she belongs. She stands up for Soso after she’s bullied and helps her recover from her failed suicide attempt. In the last episode, Poussey welcomes Soso into her group, and they hold hands.

There’s a glimmer of hope for Soso that maybe she’s found a place to belong and someone who cares about her. I eventually made a couple of friends during my stay in the psych ward. They didn’t turn out to be deep or lasting relationships, but having any kind of social connection is so important, especially to someone with depression. Those moments of connection were what made my depression bearable. They still do.

Orange is the New Black is the first show I’ve ever seen handle depression in a comprehensive, realistic and eye-opening way. The plot slowly develops over the course of the season, allowing viewers to gain a better understanding of the issue instead of cramming it into one episode and reducing it to dramatic effect. It captured the experience of having depression in an institution so beautifully, and for that, I am personally grateful.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

It was a rainy December day when I knocked on Melissa and Bradley’s* door for the first time. I was pregnant, cold, wet and without an umbrella; it rarely rains here. Melissa answered the door, quiet, sullen, with dark bags under her eyes, and probably (definitely) anemic. She devoted all of her time to taking care of Bradley, at her expense. Since his ALS diagnosis, Bradley had become steadily weaker, less capable. Refusing a voice-assistive device, he had been reduced to grunts and nods, a barely effective means of communication. He had been robbed of ability to stand, walk or to use his limbs at all.

Melissa embraced me in the doorway, the desperate grip of someone who had lost hope. She had never seen me. No matter.

Hospice does that to people. It makes strangers family.

Melissa took my saturated sweater, saying, “I don’t see your wings, but I know they are there. You are surely an angel.” She invited me in, offered me a cookie and showed me a seat.

That day stands out, maybe because Bradley and Melissa are so much like me and my husband. Maybe because I saw my own sullen face in hers. Maybe because of the profound fear that I felt; the fear of losing someone you love so deeply, so deeply that the world couldn’t possibly continue to move around the sun without them.

When you tell people you’re a hospice nurse, the default comment is always, “Oh I could never do that. I would cry all the time.” In truth, those who work in hospice do cry, not every day, but certainly enough. Still, despite the tears shed, there is a real privilege in being at the bedside of the dying. I’ve traded my stethoscope in (at least temporarily) for a laptop. But my hospice experiences are indelibly etched, and what I learned from the dying is important.

And worth sharing.

Don’t sweat the small stuff (it’s all small stuff). At the end of your life, everything that’s not vitally important — oh, let’s say, whether or not your pants are too tight — suddenly seems really unimportant. Ask yourself if what worries you will still worry you in 10 or 20 or 50 years. Answer honestly.

Don’t ignore pains, aches or symptoms of disease. Especially those involving the breast, testicles, bowels or skin. This isn’t particularly deep or moving. But it’s important. These things sneak up on you. Many people wish they had faced their fear, seen the doctor earlier and gotten treatment earlier.

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don’t really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession.

The key to a long life? There isn’t one. But a 105-year-old woman told me she lived to be that old because she, “didn’t take no shit from no one.” The same woman told me that the one piece of advice she’d give any woman is this: “A woman can do any damn thing a man can do. You don’t need no man for nothing.” From the mouths of the incredibly old. Sage wisdom.

Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size. Quit worrying about your hair, makeup, saggy breasts, varicose veins, stretch marks or that mole on your chin (unless it might be cancerous). Quit thinking about any of that shit. It all fades anyway, one way or another.

Repair what’s broken. Above all else, at the end of their life, the one regret that every person shares is broken relationships. Whether it’s with your parents, your children or your siblings, if it can be repaired, repair it. Don’t do it to your detriment, but if it can be done, do it. At the end, love is everything.

In hospice there are a lot of tears, and a lot to learn.

*names and some details have been changed to protect patient privacy

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Disney Pixar’s new “emotion” picture, Inside Out is not only another endearing creative masterpiece, it also teaches us some important lessons on the nature of our emotions.

It turns out that our unique tapestry of emotional responses — whether
joy, anger, curiosity, disgust, surprise, sadness, fear, shame or guilt — all serve a distinctive purpose. Even though we might like to eliminate unfavorable emotions, they serve an important role.

The American Psychological Association defines emotion as a “complex feeling state”, impacting nearly all facets of our lives. Our responses are influenced by what we perceive to be “personally significant”. We experience emotions in a wide variety of ways, according to what stage of life we are in, our unique temperament, and how we view ourselves- and the situations we find ourselves in.

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Inside Out, while appealing largely to a younger audience, offers sound wisdom we can apply to make sense of our emotions-both at work and at home:

1. Feelings add color to our lives. Life would be boring if our emotions were flat lined. We’d lack passion and zest. The wide range of emotions we are capable of experiencing contribute to our human experience and essence — our personality, mood, behavior and motivation. Yes, emotions can be raw, messy and visceral — but they can also be profound, beautiful, and comforting. They all add dimension and flavor.

2. We don’t always have to think positive. It’s unrealistic to think that we are always going to put an instant positive spin on things. Very often, we may need to buy time to regroup and work through complex emotions. Our tendency to want a quick fix can help us look for solutions, but it can also be a trap that makes us fight ourselves when we think we “should” have already gotten past something and instead find ourselves needing time to regroup and put the pieces together.

3. Emotional contrasts are important. When we’ve experienced difficult emotions, it can help us appreciate the good moments all the more. If we never had to endure rainy days and seasons, we’d have less appreciation for sunny ones once they arrive. In a similar way, it’s what makes us enjoy a break after a long and intensive work period.

4. Emotional states aren’t permanent. Even though we might think we’re forever stuck — feeling states, like weather patterns, are temporary. The winds of change are inevitable. Knowing this can help us learn to appreciate and anchor down the positive moments and ride out the ones that clobber us and bring us to our knees.

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5. Difficult emotions can protect us. If given the choice to completely squash feelings like sadness, rage and disgust, our first tendency might be to instantly jump at the chance. This could be detrimental, since our emotions provide us with all sorts of important information. Our fears or apprehensions often serve us well and prevent us from living with reckless abandon.

6. Emotions reflect our deeper values and desires. Feelings reflect what we care about. In the film, Riley, the main character, grappled with difficult emotions associated with her family moving across the country. Her happy memories of childhood were hard to let go of, bringing about great sorrow and frustration. When we’re immersed in sadness or anger during life’s changes, it reflects our desire for closeness, connection, and contentment.

7. All emotions can be catalysts towards growth. When we meet a goal or experience success, the energy propels us to keep striving. When we make a mistake, or have setbacks, even though it can be a tough pill to swallow, the emotions generated can prompt us to take action towards improvement.

Inside Out provides a poignant reminder that when our emotional responses are strong in one area-whether joy or sorrow, we can’t magically switch gears. We also learn that these emotions are intricately connected, and you can’t have one without the other.

We are inevitably going to have powerful responses to our life circumstances. It takes time and effort to sort out our complex emotions and come to terms with change, loss and stressors. We can’t force ourselves to feel a certain way at a given moment, but knowing this can help us remember to make the joyful moments count and recognize that the more unsettling ones can also be useful.

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You Want Attention? Talk About Me, Not You

I don’t mean to literally talk about me, Tucker Max, that would be a terrible way to get attention.

I am talking about “me” in the plural sense, as the customer or reader or client. Lemme explain. Every single day of my life, someone asks me this question:

“How do I get people to pay attention to my writing? What’s your trick?”

So I’ll ask them who their writing is for, and this is what they say:

“Me, me, me, me, me, me! MEEEE!! EVERYONE LOOK AT ME!!”

OK, I’m exaggerating. They usually don’t scream, but the answer is always about themselves, never about their audience. They tell me what their book or blog post or writing means to them. Most people write only with themselves in mind, and not with an audience in mind.

And that’s precisely the reason why no ones care about their writing.

It’s really funny that Tucker Max is telling you this, isn’t it? To not focus on yourself? Because you’re probably thinking, “Didn’t you sell millions of books that were just talking about yourself?”

Actually, no.

My books are the perfect example of the right way to do this. Even if you’re a huge fan and read all my books cover to cover, you still don’t know very much about me at all. My books are funny stories about stupid things I did, and they are designed to entertain the reader. There is almost nothing in there that is actually about me, or written for me. It’s all written for the reader – which is why it sells so well, and that is key lesson here. If you’re trying to get attention for your writing – or actually, ANY product or idea at all – please listen to this fact:

No one cares about your writing. They only care about what your writing does for them.

This is the best advice you can get for trying to get anyone to do anything – read your writing, buy your product, go to your bar, anything. My area of expertise is writing and books and publishing, but this applies to everything. See, watch it work:

No one cares about your product, they only care about what your product does for them.

And of course, services:

No one cares about your service, they only care about what your service does for them.

Watch it work in all sales:

No one cares about what you’re selling, they only care about what it does for them.

It even works in broad categories, like ideas:

No one cares about your idea, they only care about what your idea means to them.

I bet you understand already. We’re all sophisticated buyers of products and services, and this is how we buy things for ourselves  - - by calculating if the product or service will provide a value to us.

Yet, when the roles are reversed and people start trying to get attention for their product or service, they lose their damn minds, and somehow think that everyone has to pay attention to them just because they want them to. It’s like as a society we have decided to be perfectly rational buyers, and totally irrational sellers.

But at least with a product or a service, people ultimately understand that they’re making something for someone else. So unless they are blinded by the self-proclaimed brilliance of their idea/product, they eventually get that it has to appeal to the buyer. With books or blog posts or writing, people really lose their minds, because people think of a their writing in a totally different way.

Most people see their writing as a piece of themselves, as a representation of their identity, or some sort of personal validation. They think that getting attention for their writing will confirm and validate their idea, and thus themselves. I have seen this over and over and over.

I would say less than 10 percent of the writing I see is actually about delivering value to an audience; the rest is ultimately about the writer, not the audience. You’re probably making this mistake too, without even realizing it.

This is literally what we deal with everyday in our publishing company. When we started our company, we thought the most important service we provided to authors was saving them time (our process only takes authors about 12 hours). That time saving is great, but the real value we provide to authors comes from helping them see exactly what wisdom they have that’s interesting to other people  —  which is the only way to get attention for your book.

We charge a decent sized fee for our services, but I’ll explain to you exactly what we do to get authors to understand this, because if you write anything for anyone  —  a book, blog, newsletter  —  this is process will make your writing better.

There’s three basic steps that will ensure you get attention for your book or blog post (and yes, this works almost the exact same way for anything):

-What is your goal for this book/blog post/piece of writing (or product or service or idea)?

-What audience do you need to reach in order to accomplish that goal?

-What wisdom, information or value can you deliver to that audience that will help them reach their goals?

Do you see what that process does? It centers the entire discussion on the audience, not on yourself. Why does this matter? Because no one cares about your writing, they care about what your writing does for them.

I’ll give you a specific example of how we took an author through this process, how it turned his book from a dud into something that got a ton of attention, and it will show you how to do this with your writing (or product):

This entrepreneur wanted to write a book about how he built a large commercial plumbing contracting business, in order to drive clients to his business and raise his profile in the plumbing industry. He was very proud of his company and wanted more people to know about it (and I think he secretly had visions of this book elevating him alongside famous business people like Jack Welch and Sheryl Sandberg). There was a small problem:

No one on earth wants to read a self-congratulatory book about plumbing (I won’t make the obvious poop joke here).

We walked him through our exercise, and he realized that the audience he needed to hit in order to reach his goal (people who buy commercial plumbing services or care about the plumbing industry) were never going to read his book  —  unless he said something of interest to them.

So we asked him a bunch of questions about plumbing, the problems in the business, his experiences, and realized something: He had an incredible way of evaluating and speccing out commercial jobs that was genuinely revolutionary (at least as far as you can revolutionize plumbing). And guess what? That information would be incredibly valuable to the exact audience he needed to hit: people who buy commercial plumbing services.

So that’s what his book became  —  the definitive guide on how to evaluate and spec out commercial plumbing jobs. Which will NOT put him next to the titans of business, but it WILL get him in front of exactly the people he wants, in exactly the way he wants it.

And it’s happening only because he used his wisdom to help his audience reach their goals.

See how this works? This is the key to getting attention for any writing  –  books, blog posts, even tweets  —  first make your writing about the other person, help them reach their goals, and that will inspire them to both engage your writing and then share it with others. That’s the only writing that anyone cares about reading  –  the writing that helps them.

You decide what to read based on the same calculus, right  —  what is potentially useful to you? So why do you think anyone will read your writing based on what it means to you? They won’t. Write with your audience in mind, and then getting attention is easy. And if you do that, then they will engage your writing (or product or idea), and that is how you reach your goal.

As my friend Justine Musk says, “The question isn’t how the world can cater to your passions, but how your passions can cater to the world.”

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Amazing ‘90s Costumes in Dope

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As we’ve learned from films like Sex and the City, The Great Gastby, and An Education, the costumes in some movies can often make as big of an impact as the performances (or the plot!).

Dope, the Sundance breakout hit about ’90s-obsessed kids who live in Inglewood, California and get caught up in a drug deal gone bad, is no exception. High-waist jeans, bamboo earrings, boxer shorts exposed Marky-Mark style, and tons of plaid shirts pepper the present day-set film. So, yes, while we cannot wait to see the stars of Dope—Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, and Tony Revolori—make their movie debuts, we’ll admit the costumes have us equally excited. Here are fun facts to know about the movie’s seriously buzzed-about outfits.

Patrik Milani is the person behind Dope‘s costumes: The Italian costume designer is relatively new to the movie game, though, having only worked on four films prior to this.

Milani found his inspiration on social media: He told The Fader, “The main research I did was going to Instagram and looking under #Inglewood, #InglewoodHigh, and #InglewoodProm. I got into all of these peoples’ accounts and started following real kids who were students. Obviously I would pick the people who were more fashionable. That was a lot of really good research. I’m almost 45, what am I going to do? Hang out at high schools? I printed everything and showed it to the director and he was like, “Oh my god.”

Major players in ’90s hip-hop culture also served as inspiration: “Aaliyah was a big point of reference for Diggy,” Milani shared with I-D. “I wanted to help draw out her feminine side in a way that felt authentic for the character. At first, I was thinking more along the lines of Missy Elliott, but I wanted to create a more feminine silhouette. Aaliyah was so sexy even though she wore baggier men’s clothes, so Diggy stemmed from there. I also looked a lot at NWA for Tony [Revolori]’s character, Jib.”

Many of the pieces were actually sourced on eBay: In an interview with The Examiner he said, “Vintage stuff is so rare, that I found myself up late at night bidding on auctions on eBay—just to find the right pieces for the film.” Milani also hit up local West Coast shops. He shared with Refinery 29, “There’s a store in Sun Valley where I got a poncho for one of the characters for $ 3. I mean, $ 3 in Sun Valley! I think if you have a good eye, you don’t have to spend a lot of money.”

Pharrell also played an influential part in creating the costumes: As the executive producer the CFDA Fashion Icon helped take the costumes to the next level through his connections. “I only met Pharrell once, but I was dealing with his producer, Mimi Valdes,” Milani told Complex. “When she came on, she said my friend has this website Karmaloop, you can order anything you want. Since this is an independent movie, that really opened up my budget. The main kids, I had already shopped for, but the website really helped make the movie be what it is. Having Pharrell involved opened up a whole new world to me.”

There was one very specific ’90s trend Milani would not touch: “I knew I couldn’t revisit MC Hammer. I mean, it was scripted, but also, I just didn’t love that look, so I stayed away from it on purpose,” he told Refinery 29.

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Artist Susan Sweet Talks About Painting And Living In Rural Nova Scotia

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Bright and Lion, (c) 2009 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 30″ by 40″ diptych.

Perhaps it was inevitable that I would eventually end up interviewing family – as I am not the lone artist in our bloodline. So, as a photography and arts blogger, it made sense to corner my aunt, painter Susan Sweet, and try to squeeze a little more than an artist statement out of her. Here is my attempt.

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Hearts and Flowers, (c) 2008 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael Ernest Sweet: Why paint? I always ask this of painters and they usually don’t like the question, but too bad, I want to know?

Susan N. Sweet: I paint because I can’t stop. I will often do almost anything to avoid getting started, but then once the paint hits my brush, it is what I want to do and where I want to be. It is the form of art making I am most interested in. I look at everything and imagine how I might paint what I see. The more immersed I am in a painting, the more the world around me breaks down into colours and planes of light, and how I might describe them.

Michael: My grandmother (your mother) was a creative person in many ways, having operated a business, Lady Martock Fashions in Sleepwear, for a couple of decades after retiring from teaching. She both designed and made these often elaborate, almost Victorian, nightgowns. It wasn’t painting or photography, but she certainly was designing. Do you think she had any influence on your life as an artist?

Susan: My mother, Muriel, was the only art teacher I ever had in my first thirteen years of school. She taught art in the basement of Windsor Elementary, and was my teacher in Grade five. I think she was a bit hard on me as I was her child and she never wanted to appear biased. She was supportive of everything her children pursued and not that concerned with how much financial success we achieved, as long as we were happy and doing okay. I think that was her influence on my career in art making – just do what you want and try to be happy. Her true impact on my life, all our lives, as you know, is very hard to articulate.

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Young Mabel, (c) 2014 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 20″ by 16″.

Michael: Your maternal grandfather was also an artist. In fact, he was a wood carver of some note that depicted domesticated animals. Could some of your animal art be genetic, or is it simply a product of growing up in the Nova Scotia countryside?

Susan: Probably a bit of both. I did not know either of my grandfathers, both died long before any of us were born, but I was very familiar with his wood carvings, a very primitive style of Nova Scotia folk art. I like the idea of continuing the subject matter that was such a part of all of our lives.

Michael: Familiar indeed! One advantage to interviewing a relative is that I know some of the stories. For example, many of those wood carvings of your grandfather’s encountered some damage. Could you tell us about that and the ensuing irony?

Susan: That story featured prominently in my 2008 solo show “Broken Horses, Spotted Cattle”. When I was five and my brother, your dad, was four, our mother had gone back to teaching and left us with the housekeeper. I was not happy about that. So, I enlisted the help of my brother and we quietly went upstairs to the flat my grandmother lived in and got into her cabinet full of the wooden carvings and broke the legs and tails off of as many as we could. My mother was furious and, of course, wanted to punish us, but my grandmother, also a teacher, said no, they are just little children and they don’t know what they’ve done. Of course, I did know what I intended to do, and that was hurt my mother for leaving us to return to work, but what I didn’t know was the hurt I had caused my grandmother and how she understood my feelings. I still have many of the broken carvings. A few years after the incident we did attempt to repair them, but of course it was too late.

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Cow Horse, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 30″ by 20″.

Michael: All of your animal paintings are exquisite. Many people tell me that you are able to capture the personality of their pets. When you paint horses I, personally, find something really magical about them. Do you think your relationship with real horses growing up helps you in your artistic work? Are you able to talk, or whisper, to horses?

Susan: No, I am not a horse “whisperer”. I do talk to horses, all of us horse people do that. For many years I breathed and lived horses. I do think my personal relationships with horses have helped me when drawing and painting them. Having grown up with horses and been around them daily for a very long time, one understands how they are built and how they move. There is a long history of equine art throughout the centuries, humankind has had an important relationship with horses that enabled our ancestors to travel, hunt, work the land, etc.

Michael: Indeed, we see beautiful examples of equine art from prehistoric times in the caves at Chauvet, for example. So, yes, we do seem to have been drawing them from the very beginning. You were recently commissioned to paint the official 250th anniversary commemorative painting for the Hants County Exhibition. My grandfather (your father, Ernest Sweet) was President of the exhibition for many years, including the 200th anniversary, how do you think he would feel about this if he were alive?

Susan: Oh, I think he would be delighted and quite pleased that I was approached to paint such a special commission. He loved Exhibition week. This fair is the oldest fair in North America and moved to its present location in 1951. My dad would have participated in livestock competitions beginning in the late 1930s, when the fair was held at the Fort Edward Hill in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

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Exhibition Painting, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 36″ by 32″.

Michael: Grandad was an avid supporter of rural life and agriculture – having held other positions at The Atlantic Winter Fair and the NS Agriculture Association, for example. He also farmed (in some way) most every day for likely close to 70 years. What impact does this heritage have on your work?

Susan: I do find most of my subject matter comes from rural life. Horses, cattle, and the land, all figure prominently in what I paint. I am always interested in how we treat our domesticated animals, both the ones we eat and our companion animals. I feel very fortunate to live in a rural area where I am close to where our food is grown and where we are concerned with what happens on the land. Urban areas are so exotic to me! My father was an avid horseman. He worked the woods and the fields as a young man with horses, and his love of these things influenced me greatly. I also saw what happened to so many people as the family farms slowly disappeared. As my father slowly sold his own farming assets over the years, I became involved with horses and competing at the same fairs where he had shown his own cattle years before.

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Phyllis, Millicent and Jody, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 32″ by 37″.

Michael: During your BFA, at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, you worked in painting and photography as well as printmaking. The photography stuck with you for some time afterward, and of course you still paint, but what about the printmaking?

Susan: Printmaking became just too hard after I left the open studio environment of university. I found both intaglio and lithography a fascinating form of art making, but technically overwhelming, and I don’t feel my work was all that memorable from my university years. I do still find myself drawn to prints, especially intaglio. Nova Scotia has some fabulous print makers thanks to the department run by Ed Porter and Bob Rogers at NSCAD University for many years.

Michael: I often marvel about the lifespans of so many artists (and photographers too) it seems (from my casual survey) that so many live such long lives. I think about Alex Colville, whom I knew, and how he worked into his nineties. Do you think there is something therapeutic or particularly healthy about a life as an artist?

Susan: Oh my goodness no! I do know of many older artists, in fact the gallery where I work summers represents a 92 year old who is still painting, but I am sure many other professions can offer up such individuals too. I often think there are so many toxic materials artists use in their work and that we are putting ourselves in danger! I don’t have a sense of calm when I paint. Painting for me is always a struggle and a challenge when it is being pulled from my heart. I find no relaxation in painting. I am focused though, and I can paint in public with no problem. It doesn’t bring me contentment though, not really. I am happy when I am painting, but it is the hardest thing in the world.

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Vivian, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Michael: For a while you went in a direction that was a bit more commercial with your Animal Art business (earrings, brooches, ornaments, even small drawings of pets) but more recently you seem to have returned to fine art. What inspired this shift away from business woman, if you will, back to les beaux-arts?

Susan: I needed to say something in my work that could not be achieved through a commercial practice and taking a risk to paint what matters to me seems to be working. I also worked very small for many years and my body was rebelling against the ten hours of sitting every day. I still produce commercial portraits of animals for clients, but I follow my heart and luckily people do respond to my current body of work.

Michael: Often many artists reach a point in their career where teaching becomes an option – that is, schools seek you out. This can also be an important income supplement to support personal projects. Have you ever thought about teaching part-time, perhaps a class at your old alma mater?

Susan: I would be the worst teacher ever. I have conducted an occasional workshop, and those are fun. Many people in our family are teachers, and really good ones – I am not one of them.

Michael: Not only living in a more remote rural area, but also working in a home studio can become quite isolating, I would imagine. How have you dealt with this, perhaps more negative, aspect of the creative life?

Susan: It does mean that one must work very hard to be noticed. We’ve become reliant on the internet to communicate so much. I like living and working in a rural area, and even my rare excursions into civilization only involve small towns and cities. I think we sometimes miss the positive aspects of peer criticism working so isolated, but the area where I live has many other artists working in various media. I can also have my studio right in my home.

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The Percheron King, (c) 2012 Susan N. Sweet.
Acrylic, 36″ by 24″.

Michael: In the years when you and I both lived at the family home in Martock, we often fought like brother and sister, or cats and dogs. I think this has a lot to do with my obsessive compulsive tendencies and your “artistic” messiness, If I can express it this way. Oddly enough, we both ended up as artists, and would likely live under the same roof more easily now. Or would we?

Susan: Oh, we are much more mature now. Or at least I am! We would easily get along. I am still extremely messy though, be warned, that hasn’t changed. Come here anytime, there is lots of room to work!

Michael: I’d love to, believe me. New York City is wonderful, but it’s a very BIG kind of wonderful and sometimes I long for the quiet of the countryside. To finish up, tell me, who has influenced your work as an artist?

Susan: I admire the work of Rosa Bonheur. She could really paint a horse! Joe Fafard of Saskatchewan is fabulous. Mary Pratt of Newfoundland. Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Tom Thompson (and any of the group of seven) and Emily Carr. There are so many I admire, but in the end, I find I can only paint the way I do.

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Simone, (c) 2015 Susan N. Sweet. Acrylic, 24″ by 24″.

Susan Sweet is a painter who has spent most of her life in rural Hants County, Nova Scotia. She graduated in 1990 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Art, with a minor in Art History. Her work is held in many public and private collections, including the Nova Scotia Art Bank. Follow or contact via Facebook or her website.

Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer and photographer. He is also Susan’s nephew. Michael lives in New York City. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or through his website.

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14 Things We Thought About Fashion in the ’90s

Twitter hashtags can often shed light on some of the more fringe elements of what’s in the zeitgeist. For example, did you know today is National Iced Tea Day? Additionally, many people have strong thoughts on what exactly constitutes Dark Ages Problems.

One item that’s currently trending is a topic that we’ve certainly been puzzling over a lot lately: #Inthe90sIThought. Considering the ’90s revival that’s been sweeping the fashion and entertainment worlds, it seems appropriate to revisit our own feelings on fashion from the decade that gave us “Clueless,” choker necklaces, and flannel.

Here are 14 examples of things Glamour staffers thought in the ’90s about fashion.

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“I thought butterfly clips were the only accessory I’d ever need.”—Lauren Chan, Fashion Writer

“I thought my cheerleading uniform was chicer than anything else I owned. And I was probably right.”—Kat Thomsen, Digital Managing Editor

“I thought Clarissa Darling was the quintessential example of expressing your personality through your clothing. I still stand by that sentiment.” —Anna Moeslein, Assistant Digital Editor

“I thought bubble skirts went with everything, but they were especially cute when paired with a bolero jacket.”—Anne Sachs, Executive Digital Director

“I thought slip dresses and capri pants were everything.”—Emily Mahaney, Articles Editor

“I thought Tommy Girl baby tees were acceptable.”—Simone Kitchens, Associate Beauty Director

“I thought I could make overalls work for 95 percent of all activities.” Avery Matera, Fashion Blogger

“I thought I could wear high-heel jellies to the beach.”—Sophia Chabbott, Senior Digital Fashion Editor

“I thought T-shirts came in two sizes: Huge and baby.”—Lindy Segal, Associate Digital Editor

“I thought Kimmy Gibbler’s high waisted acid wash jeans were the nerdiest—now I’m dying for a pair.”—Alexandra Schwartz, Assistant Editor, Office of the Editor-in-Chief

“I thought tattoo choker necklaces were the pinnacle of sophistication, and that I would wear them for the rest of my life.”—Alyssa Karas, Digital Producer

“I thought JNCO jeans were the epitome of cool. I can still remember buying my first pair!”—Ashley Edwards Walker, Assistant Editor

“I thought I crushed velvet was the height of luxury.”—Leah Melby, Senior Online Writer

“I thought I should join a ‘street-dancing’ group so I could get a jazzy outfit like Stephanie Tanner’s.”—Nikki Ogunnaike, Senior Digital Style Editor

What did you think about fashion in ’90s? Tell us everything!





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14 Things We Thought About Fashion in the ’90s

Twitter hashtags can often shed light on some of the more fringe elements of what’s in the zeitgeist. For example, did you know today is National Iced Tea Day? Additionally, many people have strong thoughts on what exactly constitutes Dark Ages Problems.

One item that’s currently trending is a topic that we’ve certainly been puzzling over a lot lately: #Inthe90sIThought. Considering the ’90s revival that’s been sweeping the fashion and entertainment worlds, it seems appropriate to revisit our own feelings on fashion from the decade that gave us “Clueless,” choker necklaces, and flannel.

Here are 14 examples of things Glamour staffers thought in the ’90s about fashion.

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“I thought butterfly clips were the only accessory I’d ever need.”—Lauren Chan, Fashion Writer

“I thought my cheerleading uniform was chicer than anything else I owned. And I was probably right.”—Kat Thomsen, Digital Managing Editor

“I thought Clarissa Darling was the quintessential example of expressing your personality through your clothing. I still stand by that sentiment.” —Anna Moeslein, Assistant Digital Editor

“I thought bubble skirts went with everything, but they were especially cute when paired with a bolero jacket.”—Anne Sachs, Executive Digital Director

“I thought slip dresses and capri pants were everything.”—Emily Mahaney, Articles Editor

“I thought Tommy Girl baby tees were acceptable.”—Simone Kitchens, Associate Beauty Director

“I thought I could make overalls work for 95 percent of all activities.” Avery Matera, Fashion Blogger

“I thought I could wear high-heel jellies to the beach.”—Sophia Chabbott, Senior Digital Fashion Editor

“I thought T-shirts came in two sizes: Huge and baby.”—Lindy Segal, Associate Digital Editor

“I thought Kimmy Gibbler’s high waisted acid wash jeans were the nerdiest—now I’m dying for a pair.”—Alexandra Schwartz, Assistant Editor, Office of the Editor-in-Chief

“I thought tattoo choker necklaces were the pinnacle of sophistication, and that I would wear them for the rest of my life.”—Alyssa Karas, Digital Producer

“I thought JNCO jeans were the epitome of cool. I can still remember buying my first pair!”—Ashley Edwards Walker, Assistant Editor

“I thought I crushed velvet was the height of luxury.”—Leah Melby, Senior Online Writer

“I thought I should join a ‘street-dancing’ group so I could get a jazzy outfit like Stephanie Tanner’s.”—Nikki Ogunnaike, Senior Digital Style Editor

What did you think about fashion in ’90s? Tell us everything!





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Joan Lunden Opens Up About Her ‘Emotional Breakdown’ After Cancer Treatment

It’s been one year since veteran TV host Joan Lunden heard the words that completely changed her life: “You have cancer.” Since then, she’s appeared in all her beautiful, bald glory on the cover of People magazine, tested negative for any remaining cancer and launched ALIVE, an online TV network where women openly discuss their own battles with the disease.

But the picture isn’t completely rosy. On Wednesday, Lunden spoke with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd and fellow breast cancer survivor Anne Marie Giannino-Otis about the often-underestimated challenges of recovery after cancer treatment.

“There are all these things that nobody tells you about. Everybody is focused on losing your hair. Okay, that happens, but your hair actually grows back. … [But] there are a lot of other things that live on after, and certainly one of the biggest ones is the fear of recurrence,” Lunden said.

When Giannino-Otis noted that many women see their treatment as a “security blanket” and often confront new fear when it’s over, Lunden admitted that the most challenging part of her cancer battle has been the time since she ended treatment.

“I can tell you that I had a total emotional breakdown, and to me, the time since the treatment has been far harder,” Lunden said. “There’s a separation anxiety element to [ending treatment], but mainly it’s just … kind of like, ‘Okay, go now, and have a nice life and hope it’s all okay.’ And it’s really hard after that. I mean, I will tell you the most emotionally difficult time for me has been since my last day of treatment.”

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11 Things You Need to Know About the Late Great Couturiere Madame Carven

WWD reports that Marie-Louise Carven-Grog (born Carmen de Tommaso, and later known as Madame Carven) died today in France at the age of 105. In the post-war era when Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain, and Cristobal Balenciaga were making headlines in fashion, Carven was one of the very few female designers of her time—and an innovator, as well, patenting the push up bra in 1950.

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Madame Carven fitting a model in 1950.

Here are 11 of her most fascinating fashion achievements.

1. A couturiere for petite women: The designer launched her namesake house in 1945 with the aim of dressing petite women like her (she was 5’1″).

2. Au revoir corset: Carven wanted women to feel comfortable in her clothes and so she loosened haute couture‘s waist-whittling reins and offered billowing silhouettes that allowed women to move easily in her designs.

3. You can thank her for: Pink gingham!

4. She was into fast(er) fashion: In Carven’s day, Paris was all about haute couture—an exclusive, expensive made-to-measure business. Alongside fellow couturiers Jacques Fath, Robert Piguet, Jean Desses, and Jeanne Paquin, she pioneered prêt-a-portèr, or ready-to-wear. Customers were finally able to get high fashion, way, way, faster.

5. She took fashion shows on the road: Today, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Dior often take their collections out for a spin and show in different cities (think Seoul, Palm Springs, and Cannes). Carven, however, was the first to do so, presenting her collections in Egypt, Thailand, Morocco, Cuba, Brazil, Singapore and Mexico.

6. The OG It-girl brand: Iconic French singer Edith Piaf was a Carven fan, as was Brigitte Bardot, who wore Carven at her 1959 wedding.

7. She invented one of the first push-up bras: Carven worked with a lingerie maker to patent the Sylvène, a push-up bra.

8. She loved Hollywood: In 1954, Carven worked with legendary costume designer Edith Head to create costumes for Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

9. A national treasure of France: In 1978, she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2009, she was made a Commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction for civilians.

10. She designed for half a century: Madame Carven retired at age 84—48 years after she founded her fashion house.

11. She celebrated a century in style: French style icons Loulou de la Falaise and Claude Montana were among the luminaries who celebrated the designer’s 100th birthday in November 2009. Carven blew out the candles on a pistachio Laduree macaron cake while wearing a matching pistachio-green Carven suit.

Today, Carven is designed by artistic directors Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud. The collection still has the joy and exuberance the house’s founder. Carven’s former artistic director, Guillaume Henry has often said that Madame Carven was a constant presence—and that they had regular conversations, well into her 100th year. Madame Carven will surely be remembered, as will her impact on all of our wardrobes.





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