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It’s Shakespeare’s Birthday! Here are the Best Teen Films to Celebrate.

Even at 433 years old, Shakespeare’s heart is young.

  Happy Birthday – and death anniversary (death-iversary?), William Shakespeare. Four hundred thirty-three years after you kicked your English bucket, people are still talking about you. Besides Kings, headless Queens, and Jesus, not many people can boast the same feat. You’re in holy territory. And all you did was scribble down a bunch of words and get dudes to dress in drag. What... More...

By • Apr 24th, 2012 • Category: ENTERTAINMENT, Movies

Open Letter to People Who Go to Music Festivals

Can we do boho-braids all weekend long?

Hey! It’s been a while since we talked. We should hang out soon! How’s this weekend? Wanna get tacos and see Titanic in 3-D? Seriously. If my 13-year-old self knew that one day, she’d have the chance to watch Rose and Jack get it on in three full dimensions, she would have thrown herself off of a boat at the thought of missing it once that day comes. But no biggie if that’s not ... More...

By • Apr 11th, 2012 • Category: ENTERTAINMENT, Events, Music

Ashley Judd Has Puffy Face, Wins Bad-Ass-of-the-Week Award

So what are you gonna do about it?

Sometime in your last 48 hours of Internet usage, you’ve probably stumbled upon Ashley Judd’s name. That’s the same Ashley Judd from your not-quite-favorite mid-90s films about Southern women and murderous husbands. But in case you need a quick primer, here’s what you need to know to be up to speed: Ms. Judd recently found herself at the end of an ugly media attack on her ... More...

By • Apr 10th, 2012 • Category: CELEBS, ENTERTAINMENT

Everyone Wants to Text Hilary Clinton

Hey Hil, call me back!

In my dream world, Emma Stone and I have a standing brunch date every Wednesday (we’re way too cool for Sundays) and Melanie Laurent is my personal French tutor. I Facetime with Diane Keaton on the regs, and Beyonce is my BBG4L. In this world, where parking tickets are gold and I never have to wait in line for the bathroom at Starbucks, my girl crushes are fully realized relationships. We buy ... More...

By • Apr 6th, 2012 • Category: CELEBS, ENTERTAINMENT, Internet

An Open Letter to Pajamas on Red Carpets

Who let you out of the house?

Dear Pajamas Worn as Clothes, I blame it on Hugh Hefner. Really, PJ, it’s not your fault. I’m not here to “out” you. That’s been done. First, by Hefner, thirty years ago; And most recently, by Rihanna. That’s quite the upgrade, jammies, so this concerned letter aside, here’s one up-top! I get you, PJ Worn as Clothes. If I had been kept underneath bed pill... More...

By • Apr 4th, 2012 • Category: CELEBS

4 Ordinary Moments to Feel Really Proud Of

Be proud. Whatever!

Someone recently sent me this article on the everyday moments that somehow make us feel like Enlightened, SuperPower Bad Ass People, without necessarily deserving that title. “Sounds like us”, said my friend. Number one on the list? Going to yoga. Now, I know that yoga is no act of esteemed heroicism. I’m not curing Type 2 Diabetes, even if I’m standing sturdy in Warrior 2 po... More...

By • Apr 3rd, 2012 • Category: SHINFO

Love Lessons from Mariah Carey Songs

It’s Mariah Carey’s birthday: and now, a review from the scriptures.

For the rest of the world, it’s just another Tuesday in spring. But for the technicolor Dream Lover, 90s pop music fan, today is a holiday. Get out your Casio cassette player from ’93 and slip on your baby-T. Find a butterfly to perch on your finger. Definitely frolic through a field. Celebrity birthdays are mostly meh, but when I heard it was Miss Mimi’s 42nd, my heart skipped a sm... More...

By • Mar 27th, 2012 • Category: CELEBS, ENTERTAINMENT

Flirtation Devices: Do Insults Work as Pick-Ups?

Are you insulting me, or trying to get in my pants?

A dim-lit bar, 11 pm. Patrons are scattered sparsely on stools along a red oak bar. One man leaves his seat to approach two women standing toward the rear of the bar, near the glowing stand that offers popcorn, self-serve style. “Hey,” he nods casually, “think you’re too cool to sit at the bar like the rest of us?” You might be totally clueless about modern-day bar cult... More...

By • Mar 25th, 2012 • Category: Dating, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS

Awful Dating Advice of the Day: Do Whatever (You Think) He Wants (You) to Do

What’s the weirdest part about this first-date suggestion?

Magazines are not typically bastions of enlightenment. But most of the time, their dating advice is way too general to make a fuss over. The tips are fun to read, if not always completely useful. I think of them as a semi-sensible map that can’t quite get me to my destination but will nonetheless provide some lighting for my trip. Something like the crazy aunt/uncle of spiritual guides. But ... More...

By • Mar 20th, 2012 • Category: Advice, SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS

Am I Getting Too Old For This?

You’re too old to be asking that question.

They say that youth is wasted on the young. It’s true. And like some cheesy Hallmark card about how one good friend is better than a thousand ok ones, this saying just keeps getting more true the older I get. Because when you’re young, all of your fresh-faced energy is tempered by the smallest insecurities and illusions about the world. Young people have the physical stamina of a Civi... More...

By • Mar 18th, 2012 • Category: SHINFO